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A man charges his Tesla Model S at a charging stations in a lot at a new Tesla dealership across from a traditional car dealer in Salt Lake City May 30, 2015. Automakers are planning to build a network of e-charging stations in Europe. — Reuters picA man charges his Tesla Model S at a charging stations in a lot at a new Tesla dealership across from a traditional car dealer in Salt Lake City May 30, 2015. Automakers are planning to build a network of e-charging stations in Europe. — Reuters picFRANKFURT, Nov 29 — German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said today they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging,” Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler said in a statement.

The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding on the joint venture, planning to begin construction of some 400 high-speed charging stations across Europe in 2017.

Completion of the network is slated for 2020.

Hybrid and all-electric cars from any manufacturer using the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard will be able to use the stations, in a move aimed at boosting growth of electric car use on the continent.

German carmakers have lagged behind some competitors when it comes to introducing electric models.

The technology remains little-used in Europe, hobbled by high prices, the short range of the vehicles and a lack of recharging infrastructure.

But recent months have seen a fresh commitment from the industry, a pillar of Europe’s largest economy, to speed up the introduction of electric cars. — AFP

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