Automakers Are Building a High-Powered EV Charging Network in Europe
BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, and other automakers have come together to form IONITY, a new partnership to build a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. With a capacity of 350 kW, IONITY's charging points may overtake Tesla's 145 kW Superchargers.
IONITY is sure to have some competition from Tesla, which already has Supercharging stations throughout Europe and plans to add more.
Just last month, Elon Musk’s company announced that Norway would be the site of a 42-stall Supercharger station — their largest in Europe. These Superchargers have a capacity of 145 kW, so the IONITY stations could boast much shorter charge times, perhaps swaying some Telsa customers to choose them instead.
Regardless of whether they’re owned by Tesla or another automaker, more charging stations can only be a good thing. By making it easier for drivers to travel longer distances in EVs, they’ll eliminate one of the more significant drawbacks to owning an electric car.
“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” said IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch in a press release. “IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”
SPONSOREDInterested in saving money by converting your home to solar power? Get a free quote now. Futurism may receive a small commission.