IONITY - pan-european network of HPC stations

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have announced the creation of the IONITY joint venture , which develops and implements a high-power charging network (HPC) for electric cars in Europe .

By launching about 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will ease long distance travel and mark a major step for electric cars. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, the joint venture is headed by Executive Director Michael Hajesch and Operations Director Marcus Groll, with an expanding team that will count 50 people in early 2018.

A total of 20 stations will be open to the public in 2017, located on the main roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 kilometers through partnerships with Tank & Rast, Circle K and OMV, . In 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each of which can be used by several customers, with cars from different manufacturers, to reload their vehicles at once.

With power up to 350 kW per charging point, the grid will use the European Combined Charging System (CCS) to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The brand-agnostic approach and European distribution are expected to contribute to transforming electrified cars into some more attractive ones.

Choosing the best locations takes into account potential integration with existing load technologies, and IONITY negotiates with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those supported by participating companies as well as by political institutions. The investment highlights the commitment of the participating manufacturers to electric cars and is based on international cooperation across the industry.

Founding partners - BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group - have equal shares in this joint venture, while other car makers are invited to contribute to the expansion of the network.

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