CKW opens rapid charging station for electric cars


Luzern/Kriens LU - Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (CKW) has realized a project involving a high-power energy charging station for electric vehicles in Kriens. To this end, it has used electricity generated from renewable energy from the network of overhead wires used by trolleybuses.


In conjunction with Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern AG (VBL), the transport organization for the canton of Lucerne, and AVÌA Schätzle AG, CKW has opened in Kriens a rapid charging station for electric cars in the Lucerne region. This facility allows electric vehicles to be charged with sustainable energy that lasts up to 100 kilometers in less than 10 minutes.


To this end, the strong network of overhead lines for trolleybuses is being tapped into. As this runs along the main traffic routes, it means that much fewer construction projects are necessary. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is supporting the project with its Pilot and Demonstration Program. The federal government in Switzerland is therefore promoting the development and testing of new solutions for efficient usage, transmission and storage of energy.


The new charging station at the AVÌA filling station on Luzernerstrasse 56 in Kriens has been integrated in the MOVE charging network and is available for all customers to use as of now. A press release reports that this innovative idea will not be restricted to Kriens. “Rather, CKW intends to help increase the number of charging stations in the vicinity of the city”, comments Jan-Niclas Viebrock, Head of Product Management at CKW. He adds: "We are interested in realizing further projects together with our partners".

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