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A man charges his BMW electric vehicle at the rest stop Brohltal Ost at the A61 motorway in Niederzissen, Germany. Munich-based Ionity build a highway network of fast charging stations that will let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way, from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland. Photo: Ferdinand Ostrop/AP

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Race is on to set up Europe’s electric car charging network

Charging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it’s working.


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