Published on February 12th, 2018 | by James Ayre0
Renault Joins E-VIA FLEX-E — EV Fast-Charging Network For Southern Europe
February 12th, 2018 by James Ayre
Groupe Renault is now a partner in the Southern Europe based electric vehicle fast-charging network project E-VIA FLEX-E, according to a new press release.
The new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network will be comprised of so-called High Power Charging (HPC) installations, each offering max charging speeds of between 150 kW and 350 kW — easily more than enough to meet the needs of the plug-in electric models out there now.
These EV fast-charging stations will be sited along busy highways and travel corridors — meaning that the focus will be on a system that will allow for easy long distance travel within an EV.
The press release provides more: “The project will kick off at the end of 2018 with the inauguration of 14 High Power charging stations in Italy, France, and Spain, including 8 in Italy, 4 in Spain and 2 in France.”
“Renault’s partners in the E-VIA FLEX-E project include ENEL, Nissan, EDF, Enedis, Verbund, and IBIL. The project is part of the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport program, which provides targeted investment in transport infrastructure to boost growth and competitiveness. CEF will fund half of the project’s total budget of €6.9 million ($8.5 million).”
This news follows on Groupe Renault’s partnering with other auto manufacturers on various EV fast-charging networks to be located in Northern Europe.
The high max charging speeds of the new E-VIA FLEX-E plan are interesting to note, but there’s not really anything out there now that will actually benefit — the 100 kW charging speeds of the Jaguar I-PACE being one of the only models that’s even close to being an exception.
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