E.ON and Tank & Rast are collaborating on the rapid charging of electric vehicles at over 90 motorway service stations throughout Germany.
At over 90 Tank & Rast locations across Germany, E.ON is installing next-generation EV charging columns. With 150 kilowatts (kW), these will have three times the charging capacity of their predecessors
From the A7 in the far north to the A8 on the border with Austria, E.ON will be operating a large part of the rapid charging infrastructure. Drivers of electric vehicles will, for example, be able to travel from Flensburg via Berlin to Munich or from Frankfurt to Dresden – and fill up their vehicles’ batteries directly on the motorway.
The charging columns currently in place have a capacity of 50 kW, so are able to charge the battery of an electric vehicle to a level of up to 80% within around 30 minutes. The charging columns E.ON will use for further upgrades are based on a future-proof technology and, where required, can have their capacity increased not only to 150 kW but to as much as 350 kW, meaning charging times will be even shorter for the next generation of electric vehicles.
“The collaboration with Tank & Rast marks an important milestone for E.ON in developing a comprehensive network of rapid charging stations in Europe. Only if the charging of tomorrow is almost as fast as it currently is to fill up with petrol will e-mobility prevail in long distances. And that’s precisely what we’re working on,” says E.ON Chief Operating Officer Karsten Wildberger.
“With E.ON, we gain another operator with many years of experience in e-mobility for our Tank & Rast service network, but on top of this, the collaboration supports our aim of continually developing existing rapid charging infrastructure in line with customer and market needs,” says Jörg Hofmeister, head of e-mobility at Tank & Rast.
E.ON supplies purely eco-power to the charging columns, so the vehicles charged there travel free of emissions. Column operation and the high technical availability required will be guaranteed by E.ON together with its regional suppliers Avacon, Bayernwerk, E.DIS and Hansewerk.