A COLLABORATION between major car manufacturers will see 400 high-powered electric vehicle charging stations installed across Europe in the next two years.
BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint venture called Ionity, which will develop and implement the infrastructure needed to make long journeys feasible in electric vehicles.
Ionity aims to have 400 high-powered charging (HPC) stations up and running by 2020, with 20 opened by the end of the year in Germany, Norway and Austria.
The company wants to have 100 stations available by the end of 2018, which will allow multiple motorists driving cars from different manufacturers to charge their vehicles simultaneously.
The chargers will use the Combined Charging System standard to improve charge times thanks to its 350kW capacity, while the “brand-agnostic approach” hopes to “make electrified vehicles more appealing”.
This means whichever electric car you own, even if it isn’t from one of the founding brands, it will work with these chargers.
A spokesperson told the Press Association that the cost of recharging has not been confirmed but “will be comparable to existing networks”. The company also refused to disclose fincancial details or terms of the agreement between the manufacturers.
Ionity’s CEO, Michael Hajesch, said: “The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. Ionity will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”
The founding car manufacturers each have an equal share in the Munich-based company and have invited other car makers to help expand the network.
According to Zap Map, an electric car charging station finder, there are currently 14,064 public charging points at 4,917 locations in the UK.