Creation date: November 15, 2016
Today a key project fostering electric road mobility officially kicked off with a signing ceremony held in Brussels at the premises of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). The project, called 'ULTRA-E', benefits from over €6.5 million of EU funding to support the installation and testing of 25 ultra-fast chargers (up to 350 kW) on road infrastructure on several TEN-T Core Network Corridors.
The project is part of those supported by the EU under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport instrument and was selected under the 2015 CEF Transport calls, which made €7.6 billion available to finance projects to improve European transport infrastructure, promote transport safety, develop intelligent transport systems and mitigate the environmental impact of the sector.
INEA Director Dirk Beckers, remarked: "Today marks the beginning of a project which will deliver a viable solution fostering the uptake of electric mobility as an alternative to fossil fuel use in road transport. ULTRA-E is part of that crop of ambitious EU-supported projects which are contributing to making the transport sector more environmentally friendly."
His comments were echoed by Mrs Andreja Kodrin, representing the cabinet of Commissioner for Mobiliy and Transport Violeta Bulc at the signing ceremony, who praised the effectiveness of projects such as ULTRA-E in decarbonising the transport sector and helping create a charging network for electric vehicles on the TEN-T network with an emphasis on the core network corridors.
The ULTRA-E project will deploy fast chargers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria, thus bringing direct benefits to the drivers of electric vehicles in the region, who will have their battery charging times reduced from 1.5 hours to 20 minutes for a 300 km autonomy. The ultra-fast charging sites will be deployed at an average distance of 120-150 km from each other, from Amsterdam and Brussels via Munich to Vienna and Graz. The total length of the area covered will be more than 1,100 km.