Five European fast charging networks have announced the Open Fast Charging Alliance.
The alliance members will enable roaming to create a premium network of fast chargers all over Europe. This network will be open to all EVs, and will make long distance travel even easier. It is clear by now that all major car brands are working on electric cars that can go at least 400 km. It is key that these cars can recharge at a convenient European network of fast charging stations with sufficiently high power.
The Open Fast Charging Alliance founding members are:
- Fastned (The Netherlands)
- Sodetrel (France)
- Smatrics (Austria)
- Grønn Kontakt (Norway)
- GOtthard FASTcharge (Switzerland)
Together, the alliance members own and operate more than 500 fast chargers in six countries. They operate their networks according to high standards. This includes providing 24/7 customer service, and ensuring maximum network uptime. The alliance is open to other networks adhering to these standards.
The alliance will focus on bilateral roaming agreements between these high quality networks by implementing open standards such as OCPI. The first implementations are planned within the year.