Some of the world’s largest automakers have announced plans to jointly deploy a large electric vehicle charging network in Europe. Known as IONITY, the new charging network will ultimately offer 400 charging stations with a focus on long-distance travel throughout Europe.
Currently, Europe’s charging network is fragmented with various types of chargers and brands. IONITY plans to address this and with a charger that is faster than anything else out there. IONITY chargers will be capable of charging at a rate of 350 kW, significantly faster than most. For comparison sake, Tesla’s Supercharger (also in Europe) charges at 120 kW.
IONITY plans to have at least 20 new stations open in Austria, Germany and Norway by the end of 2017. The number will increase to 50 in 2018, with at least 400 planned by 2020. The company will focus on placing the stations about 75 miles apart, which they feel is optimal for long-distance travel in an EV.
All charging stations will utilize a Combined Charging System (CCS) connector type. This standardization could bring order to the fragmented connector type space amongst automakers. It at least appears BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen are planning to make this their de facto connector into the future.