Long Range Travel Goal
Aiming to drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles, Germany’s biggest car makers and Ford of the US have formed a joint venture pledging to create the highest-powered charging-station network in Europe. Their goal is to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicles with up to 400 ultra-fast charging sites at first, and thousands by 2020.
‘Coffee Break’ Network
“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”, said Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi AG. He was joined in signing a memorandum of understanding late last year by BMW, Daimler, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. “A network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”
350 kW Power Levels from 2017
The projected charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today, the group said. The build-up has an initial target of about 400 sites in Europe. By 2020 drivers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points.
The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along major highways, which has not been feasible for most drivers to date. The companies said the charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations.
Combined System Technology
The network will be based on Combined Charging System (CCS) standard technology. “The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure,” said Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche.
More Electric Models on Way
By 2025 Daimler’s portfolio will include more than 10 fully electric passenger cars. Ford’s president and chief executive Mark Fields said: “A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving.”
Are Your Designs ‘e-charge’ Ready?
The pace of change is increasing, and with it the desirability and marketability of new homes and the facilities demanded by ‘savy’ buyers and tenants. A few weeks ago Weekly Insight cited a recent report by E-on showing that home-buyers now expect their homes to have PV and battery storage by 2020. Fast e-charge points now seem to be not far behind. These are some of the ways designers and builders will have to adapt in the immediate future.
In collaboration with other construction professionals we endeavour to design and build sustainable, flexible properties that will endure for several hundred years. Hence, we’re constantly attuned to such technical developments and changing expectations. From early design, through technical development of the structure and manufacturing to transport and erection, we use timber based pre-fabrication to deliver the high quality buildings that architects and their clients want at prices they can afford.