The EU has committed € 4.2m towards the installation of quick-charging electric vehicle points across northern Europe.
The ELECTRIC project, co-funded by the EU’s Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) programme, will install 155 chargers on major roads connecting Germany, the Netherlands, France and Denmark.
It is hoped that the cross-border charging corridor will encourage citizens from the involved Member States to buy electric vehicles, which are cleaner and more energy efficient than cars that run on traditional fuels.
The first co-funded charging stations are already in place and ready to use in Denmark and the Netherlands. The project, which is also partly dedicated to a study on interoperability, the framework for a sustainable infrastructure set up and network planning, is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
The ELECTRIC project is a public-private consortium made up of five partners: ABB B.V. and Fastned B.V (Netherlands), CLEVER A/S (Denmark); Öresundskraft AB (Sweden); and VDE Prüf-und Zertifizierungsinstitut GmbH (Germany).
The objective of the TEN-T programme is to co-fund investments in transport infrastructure to improve the European Transport Networks. The total budget of the project is approx. € 8.4m. 
Original author: Alexia