The Old Continent automakers involved in the developing electric car segment have been toting some brisk charging times for their future vehicles and now we know why – because of the Ultra-E project.
A consortium of private companies and the “Connecting Europe Facility” of the European Union are behind the launch of the project and the network will involve 25 charging points that link Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria. While the project is indeed spanning across more than one country – which is uncommon – the most important aspect is the capability of the chargers, which should be up to 350 kWh, more than double what Tesla’s Superchargers can deliver today and no less than seven times more than your standard European charger.
Naturally, there is still no electric vehicle that can cope with this tremendous charging capability – capped by Tesla’s ability to take in 120 kWh – but we’re expecting the members of the Ultra-E project, such as Audi, BMW or Renault to fully take advantage of this new standard. For example, Volkswagen and Porsche have both hinted their batteries could be recharged to full or almost full in as little as 15 minutes – so long distance electric travel would stop being so time-consuming. The cost of the project has been estimated at about 3 million Euro ($14.3 million), with the European Union providing half.