Wolfsburg / Bochum (dpa) - Europe's largest car manufacturer, Volkswagen, wants to work with energy companies to build a Europe-wide fast charging network for electric cars.

By 2025, around 18,000 charging points should be installed, as VW announced on Monday.

That corresponds to around a third of the total demand forecast on the European continent at this point in time.

In Germany, VW wants to work with the petrol station chain Aral, which belongs to the British oil company BP.

Other partners are the energy companies Iberdrola (Spain) and Enel (Italy).

Together with BP, Volkswagen plans to install around 8,000 fast charging points across Europe.

According to VW, the fast chargers with 150 kilowatts of charging capacity will be built at a total of 4,000 BP and Aral filling stations, most of them in Germany and Great Britain.

"Ultra-fast charging is the central door opener for e-mobility," said VW Chief Technology Officer Thomas Schmall.

BP manager Emma Delaney emphasized: "Together we can provide drivers in Europe with fast and reliable charging solutions to make it easier for them to switch to an electric car."

According to Aral, charging stations with an output of over 150 kilowatts can charge a vehicle with the appropriate battery technology within ten minutes for a range of around 160 kilometers.

This makes charging almost as fast as refueling.


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