ENERGY firm E.ON has announced that it will expand its European electric vehicle charging infrastructure to 10,000 points by 2020.
The charging points will include E.ON’s ‘ultra-fast’ chargers, which offer 150kW of charging capacity as standard and can be upgraded to 350kW, allowing a 250-mile-range battery to be recharged in 20 to 30 minutes.
Anthony Ainsworth, global head of marketing at E.ON, said: “Our aim is clear, to remove the perceived barriers of electric vehicles to really help improve the electric future for our customers.
We are doing this by developing a growing network of charging points throughout Europe; whether at home, at work or on the go, from the city to the mountains.
We are investing in superfast charging technology including the first superfast charging station in Germany, being installed later this year, meaning EV becomes easy and drivers can get back on the road quicker than ever before.”
A spokesman told the Press Association that where these points will be located depends on customer demand and partner locations.
He also added that ultra-fast chargers would likely only be installed at ‘short-stop’ areas such as service stations, and that UK-specific plans were still being finalised.
E.ON’s current infrastructure is predominantly in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, where 7,000 points are available across its own network and partner stations.
The news follows the announcement last week by a consortium of major car manufacturers – including Ford, Volkswagen and BMW – that they are collaborating on electric car infrastructure.
According to electric car charging point finder Zap Map, there are 4,917 locations in the UK that offer vehicle recharging, with more than 14,000 connectors available.