Automakers launch joint venture to build 350 kW European charging network

BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group have launched a joint venture called IONITY, which will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network across Europe.

The network will use the CCS charging standard, and each charging point will have a capacity of up to 350 kW.

A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 km, through partnerships with retailers Tank & Rast, Circle K and OMV. The network is slated to expand to approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020.

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


Source: Audi

  • nordlyst

    Without regulation, they will botch it – or win a monopoly.

    Expect use to require registration and having downloaded an app. Hence the issues we already experience will get worse. To go in an EV on vacation driving around Europe is a logistical nightmare, almost regardless of the range of the EV (as long as it will require *some* charging along the way), just because of this payment issue. Every country has multiple providers and no provider is large all over the map.

    What we want isn’t a single provider, though. That does solve part of the problem, but it creates another obvious problem – lack of effective competition.

    Regulators should step in and make sure pricing is easily understood and possible to incorporate into apps that can find chargers (across providers), and require a payment terminal at the charger so anyone can pay the same way we do at gas pumps (which have had payment terminals for a couple of decades).

    Tesla and now this group are not going to be real competitors on the charging network side unless people with a given car can choose which network to use for charging. And it shouldn’t be a one-time choice either, just like you don’t need to commit to always refilling your gasmobile at Shell. In some places you will perhaps stick to one provider, but when you’re elsewhere that provider may not be the best for you. And in EVs this will tend to be even more true since people will charge almost exclusively at home when not travelling. (Although some of course travel particular routes often and will probably get into the habit of charging in particular places along the way.)

  • Zephyr

    CCS will support 350kW? WOW

  • Chris Jones

    I’m guessing that this protocol will allow up to 800 volts DC charging? That should also mean that any 360 volt nominal battery can be still be charged at up to its maximum current rating. Exciting stuff!