Nissan is heading a consortium through a European Commission project, which intends to set up a network of rapid chargers for electric vehicles running across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The project, called Rapid Charge Network (RCN), was unveiled at the Trans European Transport Network event in Tallinn, Estonia, hosted by European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas. Estonia was the first country in the world to have a nationwide EV fast-charging network.
Funding for the RCN project is being led by Nissan – maker of the electric Leaf – and is co‑financed by the European Union thanks to the TEN-T program, with added backing from Renault, BMW and Volkswagen and ESB Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board.
“Nissan is delighted to be leading this important initiative. The UK’s Rapid Charge Network will provide a vital sense of security for all EV drivers, not just those using the award-winning Nissan LEAF, as well as helping to promote the advantages of zero emission mobility to others,” said Olivier Paturet, General Manager Zero Emission Strategy & Corporate Planning.
Finished, a total of 74 rapid chargers will have been built, covering more than 1,100 km of major routes and securing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports. More importantly, the new rapid chargers being constructed will be the first state-of-the-art multi-standard units in public operation in Europe.