Ford and Allego Collaborate to Implement Rapid EV Charging Stations at Dealerships throughout Europe, According to Reuters

Ford and Allego Collaborate to Implement Rapid EV Charging Stations at Dealerships throughout Europe, According to Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Allego electric vehicle charging station is on display at an event a day before the official opening of the 2023 Munich Auto Show IAA Mobility, in Munich, Germany, September 4, 2023. REUTERS /Leonhard Simon/File Photo

By Nick Carey

LONDON (Reuters) – Ford (NYSE:) and electric vehicle fast charging network Allego said on Tuesday they will roll out ultra-fast chargers for Ford customers and for public use at many of the U.S. carmaker’s European dealerships as part of a new partnership.

Mathieu Bonnet, CEO of Allego, said the first chargers are expected to be installed from the first quarter of 2025 and would be in place at many European Ford dealerships over the next three to four years. They will be open to all electric vehicle owners, he said.

“By allowing any EV driver to charge at these Ford dealerships, we are helping to drive greater EV penetration,” Bonnet said in an interview.

The lack of charging infrastructure is seen as a major barrier to the mass adoption of electric vehicles in Europe and one of the reasons for slowing growth in demand for electric cars.

Allego will install charging stations capable of providing up to 400 kilowatts of charging to electric vehicle drivers around the clock.

As Allego invests in charging stations, it will receive revenue from chargers. But members of Ford’s BlueOval charging service will benefit from preferential rates for using the chargers.

Joerg Hofmeister, head of charging and energy at Ford Model e Europe, said the chargers would initially be focused on the carmaker’s key markets in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain, as well as other smaller markets like Norway.

Ford has about 1,800 European dealerships, but most of those located in urban areas or likely to receive high electric vehicle traffic will have ultra-fast chargers, Hofmeister said.

He said offering the chargers for public use would help overcome charging infrastructure challenges and connect owners of other electric vehicle brands to Ford’s own offerings at dealerships.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our products,” Hofmeister said.

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