Work on Fast-E, a European Union (EU) backed project designed to improve electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, has begun.
EV maker Nissan has co-financed this project with the EU and eight other companies, with a total spend of about EUR18m (US$20.46m). The aim is to install 278 charging points 80km (50 miles) apart along main motorways in Germany (241) and Belgium (37) by the end of 2016.
A sister project in the Czech Republic and Slovakia will add another 30 points.
The multi standard fast chargers have AC and DC connections which can recharge an EV up to 80% within 30 minutes.

The added fast chargers will allow EV owners in the four countries to extend the range of their trips, providing greater flexibility and peace of mind.
Nissan said recently it had partnered with A2A to install 13 public rapid chargers as a gift to Milan following the UEFA champions league final.
Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles for Nissan Europe, said: "Our investment in this project is another demonstration of our commitment to creating intelligent mobility solutions. As well as working on a range of electric vehicles and innovative zero emission technologies, we have also invested heavily in infrastructure, as we see this as an important factor in guaranteeing the accessibility and practicality of electric vehicles."