The Trans-European Transport Networks consortium has announced that a corridor of high-quality fast chargers for electric vehicles will be created along key motorways in Northern Europe by the end of 2015.

The European Long-distance Electric Clean Transport Road Infrastructure Corridor (ELECTRIC) project will create an open-access, fast-charging corridor along the major motorways connecting Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands via a total of 155 foreseen chargers.

The €8.4m ELECTRIC project is funded by Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), a European initiative to improve transport systems through co-funded investments in transport infrastructure.

With up to 30 chargers in the Netherlands, 23 in Denmark, 35 in Sweden and 67 in Germany, the ELECTRIC partners expect that the corridor will help accelerate electric vehicle uptake in the EU Member States involved. The first co-funded charging stations are already in place and ready to use in Denmark and the Netherlands.

It is also hoped that creating this infrastructure will spur the countries into focussing on interoperability, sustainable infrastructure setup and network planning alongside infrastructure deployment.

The five European members of the ELECTRIC consortium are: Fast-charge manufacturer ABB BV (lead partner); e-mobility operator/retailer Fastned BV; e-mobility operator CLEVER AS; public utility and e-mobility operator Öresundskraft AB and the German testing and certification institute VDE Prüf-und Zertifizierungsinstitut GmbH.