First IONITY high power charging station launched in UK
by Helen Jackson |
posted 03 June 2019
It is universally accepted that comprehensive charging infrastructure is essential for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Drivers in the UK can now charge their electric cars in less than 20 minutes with renewable energy, thanks to IONITY’s 350kW charge network.
IONITY is a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, that aims to increase the feasibility of EVs by establishing convenient High-Power Charging (HPC) sites across the continent.
The first UK station equipped with four High Power chargers, each capable of charging up to 350kW and located in Maidstone (M20 Junction 8), will soon be joined by locations in Milton Keynes and Gretna Green.
Michael Hajesch, CEO, IONITY is delighted to be launching their network in the UK. “As car manufacturers continue to launch electric vehicles with bigger batteries to provide a longer range,” he said, “High Power charging is an essential part of the e-mobility transition process. He is passionate about making e-mobility a reality, and in “making the e-journey a smooth and seamless experience.”
The network has been designed to enable pan-European travel, with a focus on ultra-fast charging times and convenient motorway locations. For all of its UK stations, IONITY is partnering with energy technology specialists, Octopus Energy to ensure the entire network is powered by renewable sources.
Octopus Energy’s ‘Electric Juice’ will provide every charge point with 100% renewable energy, greatly reducing the environmental impact of a journey and providing peace of mind for environmentally conscious drivers. The Maidstone site is launched in partnership with Motor Fuel Group, the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK.
High Power Charging is widely regarded as essential to the increased adoption of electric vehicles, making long distance journeys far more viable than the much slower 50kW alternatives. IONITY and its partners believe that e-mobility should be accessible for everyone and, by developing a pan-European fast-charging network, is investing in a simpler, cleaner and freer world. Their Europe-wide charging network will see up to 2400 chargers installed by 2020.