The European Union will invest over € 3.5m in studies and pilot deployment of re-charging points across Central Europe through the TEN-T Programme.
Enabling long-distance travel using electric vehicles on an interoperable network is one of the EU’s priorities. Through the EU’s investment 115 high-power re-charging points will be deployed in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia. This will result in a charging network that will stretch from Munich to Zagreb.
The project will focus on the roll-out of technologies ready for mass-market deployment in the short-term, and carry out studies examining what is required for the complementary technologies in the mid-term.
Studies will also focus on identifying the preferences and needs of consumers when it comes to re-charging infrastructure. This will help to determine where and in what form infrastructural support for electric vehicles is best delivered. 
Original author: Lewis Macdonald