IONITY

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IONITY
Joint venture
IndustryAutomotive infrastructure
Headquarters
Munich
,
Germany
Area served
Europe
Key people
Dr. Michael Hajesch (CEO) Dr. Marcus Groll (COO)
ProductsAutomotive industry
OwnersBMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group
Websiteionity.eu

IONITY is a network for high-power-charging (HPC) electric vehicles to facilitate long-distance travel across all Europe.[1] It's a joint venture founded by the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, but other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.[2]

Charging stations[edit]

  • Charging capacity of up to 350 kW
  • European charging standard Combined Charging System (CCS)[3]
  • Capable of charging certain cars (e.g. Porsche Taycan in 2021[4])[5] up to 80 per cent in just 15 minutes
  • Charging stations have from 2 to 8 CCS plugs each, with 4 plugs per station on average.[6]
  • Charging stations have slightly different design, depending on country and manufacturer.
  • Most stations (in 2019) were produced by Tritium and ABB, and some by Porsche itself.[7]

Members[edit]

Current members include BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group. It was announced on September 9 2019 that Hyundai Motor group would bring Hyundai and Kia brands on board as strategic partners.[8]

Rollout[edit]

IONITY rollout table: number of open stations per country per quarter.[9]

2020_Q2 2020_Q1 2019_Q4 2019_Q3 2019_Q2 2019_Q1 2018_Q4 2018_Q3 2018_Q2
Germany 88 79 69 53 39 26 21 2 2
France 46 44 43 26 17 10 5 2 0
Austria 16 16 16 13 11 9 7 2 0
Norway 15 14 13 12 12 6 4 0 0
Sweden 18 16 14 10 7 3 1 0 0
Switzerland 9 9 9 8 8 8 6 3 1
Belgium 7 7 7 7 5 3 0 0 0
Denmark 6 6 6 5 5 5 1 1 0
Netherlands 10 9 9 5 2 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom 7 4 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Ireland 4 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 0
Italy 5 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 0
Hungary 4 4 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
Slovenia 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Finland 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spain 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Czech Republic 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 248 224 202 150 112 71 45 10 3

2017[edit]

The company claimed that a total of 20 stations would open to the public, located on major roads in multiple European countries through partnerships with Tank & Rast, Circle K and OMV.[1] By the end of 2017, no stations were open to the public.

2018[edit]

First IONITY charging station was opened on 24 April 2018 at Brohltal-Ost on the A61 motorway in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate.[10]

By August 2018, 7 stations were open: 1 in Germany, 1 in Austria, 2 in France, 2 in Switzerland, and 1 in Denmark, with 4-6 chargers on each. 4 more stations are marked as coming soon.[11]

By October 2018, 10 stations with 4-6 CCS charger plugs were open, 20 stations are marked as "now building". Charging cost for the rest of 2018 was established as 8 (€8, or £8, or 8CHF depending on country) per charging session (no power or time restrictions). In Scandinavia the session fee will be 80 NOK / SEK / DKK. The European Union countries currently remaining without published plans for IONITY chargers include: Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK.[12]

By the end of 2018, 47 stations on map are marked open and 45 as now building.[13]

2019[edit]

The 100th charging station was open to public in Rygge, Norway on 27 May 2019.[14] On 20 December 2019 200th charging station was completed.[15]

2020[edit]

In 2017, IONITY planned to have "implemented and operate about 400 fast charging stations across European major thoroughfares until 2020".[1]

In January 2020, IONITY announced that customers with no contract would be charged 0.79 euros per kWh.[16] The network was criticized for the 500% rate increase for those drivers without a subscription plan.[17] German automakers shared discounted rates for Connected Mobility Service Providers network participants.[18] For example, Mercedes-Benz announced a reduced IONITY charging price of 0.29 euros per charged kilowatt hour for Mercedes' me Charge users.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Haeussler, Andrea (2017-10-30). "IONITY – Pan-European High-Power Charging Network Enables E-Mobility for Long Distance Travel" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  2. ^ "Launch of Pan-European High-Power Charging Network IONITY - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Presse-Datenbank". presse.porsche.de. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ "BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche form Joint Venture". press.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  4. ^ "Porsche Taycan to have 250 kW charging at launch, promised 350 kW coming in 2021". Electrek.
  5. ^ "Launch of Pan-European High-Power Charging Network IONITY". newsroom.porsche.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  6. ^ "Status Tracker for IONITY HPC". ionity.ev-info.eu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  7. ^ "Status Tracker for IONITY HPC". ionity.ev-info.eu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  8. ^ "IONITY WELCOMES NEW SHAREHOLDER HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP ON BOARD". 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  9. ^ "IonityTracker". ionity.evapi.de. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  10. ^ "Ionity opens first charging station - ElecTrans". www.electrans.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  11. ^ "Charging - ionity.eu". www.ionity.eu (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  12. ^ "IONITY - WHERE AND HOW". ionity.eu. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "ionity.eu". Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  14. ^ "IONITY achieves significant milestone: 100th High-Power-Charging (HPC-) Park goes into operation in Rygge, Norway - News storage - IONITY EU". ionity.eu. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  15. ^ "Development of Ionity network size". ionity.evapi.de. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  16. ^ Kane, Mark (2020-01-17). "IONITY Announces A kWh-Based Charger Pricing Plan". InsideEVs. Retrieved 2020-04-26.
  17. ^ Benoit, Charles (2020-01-17). "IONITY to increase electric vehicle charging prices 500%". Electrek. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  18. ^ Jonathan (2020-01-21). "IONITY network dramatically increases EV fast charging costs". Fleet Europe. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  19. ^ Mercedes me Charge Offers Access To 300,000 Charging Points, Inside EVs, 21 January 2020