Ionity charging station
BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche today announced joint venture IONITY that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an important step for electric vehicles.

A group of car makers have come together to set up the infrastructure to power future electric car usage across Europe. The BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen group including Audi and Porsche have announced Ionity, a network of high power charging stations that will begin with 20 units this year.

The joint venture company is based in Munich and is led by Chief Executive Officer Michael Hajesch and Chief Operating Officer Marcus Groll, with a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said Hajesch.

The units will offer a charging capacity of up to 350 kW, making for quick charge times and will partner with existing service station networks to increase reach along highways and major roads. Over 2018, the network should grow to 100 stations, with a frequency of around 120 kilometres between them. The venture plans for 400 stations by 2020.

The joint venture will be using the European combined charging system and is open to other car manufacturers joining to grow and offer the network.

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