EU: Ionity now runs over 150 high power charging sites
Ionity has now 151 high power charging sites up and running across Europe. At the end of May this year there were at 100 locations. By the end of 2020, the joint venture plans to have 400 HPC sites in operation.
In detail, the website shows 151 high power charging sites with another 64 currently under construction. Each location boasts an average of six charge columns. The joint venture of major carmakers Daimler, Ford, BMW and Volkswagen reportedly aims for 400 Ionity sites across 23 countries by 2020. Also, Hyundai-Kia recently came on board as strategic partner and shareholder.
While Ionity delivers the installation, the company relies on site-owners and operators such as Circle K in Norway or Shell in the UK to realise the planned pan-European high power charging network.
Also, for charging equipment, Ionity bets on multiple partners. The HPC columns installed so far are from Tritium, ABB and in some cases from Porsche Engineering with Ionity having introduced its own design at the IAA. Australia’s Tritium is now the first manufacturer to produce the new high power charging stations with ABB to join in later.
The new high power charging stations not only play a role in the construction of the remaining charging sites in Europe but also in the period after 2020 – whether it be the expansion of the existing charging stations with more charging stations, new locations or even HPC chargers in inner cities.