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May 15, 2018

Race is on to build network of fast-charge stations in Europe

  • Much is at stake for automakers like Volkswagen, BMW and Ford: winning back luxury e-car sales lost to Tesla.
  • By DAVID McHUGH
    AP Business Writer

    MUNICH — Charging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it's working.

    In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations. The idea is to let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way — from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland.


     
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