Daimler Truck, Traton, Volvo sign off JV plans for Europe charging network

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A battery charger sign for electric cars is painted on the ground of a parking ground near the soccer stadium in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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BERLIN, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Daimler Truck (DTGGe.DE), Traton (8TRA.DE) and Volvo (VOLVb.ST) have signed off plans announced in July for a joint venture to set up a high-performance electric charging network for trucks and buses across Europe, the companies said on Thursday.

The three firms will invest 500 million euros ($565.10 million) to set up and operate at least 1,700 high-performance charging points near motorways and logistics hubs within five years, with operations set to commence in 2022.

The venture is still awaiting approval from authorities, the statement said.

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Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, Victoria Waldersee

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