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[network] Manufacturers back 400-strong German electric vehicle charging network | EV Fleet World

Germany is to gain a nationwide network of 400 electric vehicle charging points by 2017, under a new collaborative project between car manufacturers, universities and government.
Named Projekt SLAM, an acronym for Schnellladenetz für Achsen und Metropolen (Quick Chargers for Axes and Cities), is backed by BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen and will deploy the country’s largest electric vehicle infrastructure with the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector.

This combines the Type 2 AC connector with a two-pin DC rapid charging plug, capable of charging vehicles to 80% capacity within half an hour. The BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-up! and e-Golf already feature a CCS connection.

Other partners include publishing house Deutsche Genossenschaftsverlag, utility company EnBW, the University of Stuttgart and Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), who will work together to produce business models, choose suitable sites and research the usage of the network.



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