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Swiss premiere at a motorway services: The first battery-boosted fast charging stations for electric vehicles open to the public

On 26 June, the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO), together with Primeo Energie, Alpiq E-Mobility and ABB, officially opened the first fast charging stations for electric vehicles at the Inseli motorway services on the A2.

Electric vehicles can now charge up at the Inseli motorway services near Lake Sempach on the Lucerne-bound side. The charging stations at the Chilchbüel motorway services on the opposite carriageway are also now ready to use. Setting up fast charging stations on Swiss motorways is one of the measures of the Roadmap for Electric Mobility 2022 by the Swiss Federation for the Promotion of Electric Mobility (Bund zur Förderung der Elektromobilität). Fast charging stations for electric vehicles will be installed at around 100 Swiss services in the coming years. In March 2019, Primeo Energie and Alpiq E-Mobility successfully bid for the installation of fast charging stations at 20 services each: 15 months later, the installation was completed on time and officially opened despite Corona restrictions.

The charging stations at the Inseli and Chilchbüel motorway services have three charging points each, two of which are turbo chargers. They can charge an electric vehicle for a 200 km range in just eight minutes. All of the three popular plug types can be connected. The charging stations are easy to use. Payment can be made with all common credit cards or via MOVE, the Europe-wide payment system which is integrated in all of Primeo ‘Energie’s charging points. Primeo Energie is investing around CHF 15 million into developing and operating fast charging point infrastructures at 20 Swiss motorway services. Clear signals and effective incentives are needed for creating a breakthrough in terms of a successful energy turnaround and electric mobility. In addition to the new fast charging points at services, Primeo Energie also boosts convenient, local electric mobility with clever offers such as Pick-e-Bike, the e-bike sharing solution in the Basel region. Drivers who have the option to charge their electric vehicles at home can pay the electricity they have used based on consumption. With these offers, Primeo Energie makes an important contribution to the energy turnaround and with its fast charging point along Swiss national roads is now also supporting flexible mobility throughout the country. Primeo Energie currently owns more than 100 charging points in Switzerland. 

The Primeo Energie charging stations at the services are special in terms of technology: The technology partner, ABB, contributes high-performance fast charging stations as well as battery storage and an energy management system to this pioneering project. Thanks to the powerful interim storage, the local power grid does not have to directly cover peak loads during fast charging, which considerably reduces the electricity costs for operators and end customers. This technical feature and performance are unique among Swiss charging points. The grid needs to be flexible as well as safe and reliable, particularly once electric vehicle traffic increases and an increasing part of electricity comes from renewable sources in the future.

Alpiq E-Mobility is the general contractor for the project. The company looks after every step of the project, from planning to planning permission and installation, and ensures that the technical solution has been seamlessly integrated in the local environment of the services. Alpiq E-Mobility used its comprehensive experience in setting up public fast charging infrastructures in Switzerland for the implementation of this technically demanding project. 

E-mobility expert: 
Daniel Laager, Head E-Mobility, Tel. +41 61 415 46 94; email d.laager@primeo-energie.ch

Picture Caption: f.l.t.r. Daniel Laager, Head E-Mobility, Primeo Energie, Jürg Röthlisberger, Federal Roads Office (FEDRO), Dr. Conrad Ammann, CEO Primeo Energie, Felix Dony, Head E-Mobility Schweiz, Alpiq E-Mobility

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