The SPIE Group has received an order from Ionity to support the planned construction of 400 HPC sites in Europe by 2020. The French installation and maintenance specialist will take care of the installation and wiring of charging stations and the grid connection.
According to Ionity, the service provider has been commissioned to prepare 66 sites in the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia as well as 103 sites in Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, Hungary and the Netherlands. In France, SPIE has already established ten HPC sites and plans to install a further 34 by 2020.
“From our point of view, SPIE meets a number of essential requirements: a strong presence in Europe thanks to its network of subsidiaries, a proven track record and the expertise to design and install charging stations,” says Ionity-COO Marcus Groll.
A brief review: Ionity was founded in 2016 as a joint venture of the automobile manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Audi and Porsche. The Munich-based company is planning a Europe-wide network with 350 kW charging stations, which is to grow to a total of 400 HPC locations throughout Europe. Ionity has brought several (international) partners on board in recent months. The joint venture is cooperating with the oil company Cepsa (Compañía Española de Petróleos) to install up to 100 of its HPC charging points at its filling stations in Spain and Portugal by 2020. The company had already reached a similar agreement with the Italian energy group Enel. This involves up to 20 sites to be built in Italy by the end of 2019. In Germany, 80 Tank & Rast gas stations will also be equipped with Ionity charging stations in the near future.