IONITY Expands UK High Power Network
IONITY EXPANDS UK NETWORK WITH HIGH POWER CHARGING STATION
A joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, IONITY announces that it will expand its UK network with a High Power Charging station in Milton Keynes.
IONITY expands its UK charge network with the launch of a new station in Milton Keynes.Drivers can now charge their electric cars in less than 20 minutes using renewable energy from IONITY’s High Power Chargers at Milton Keynes Coachway. IONITY is a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. It aims to increase the feasibility and adoption of EVs by establishing convenient High Power Charging (HPC) sites across the continent. Milton Keynes is the second station in the UK, with a third soon to follow in Gretna Green.
Joined by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr. Sam Crooks, the opening ceremony marked a significant step toward the future of mobility in the city. As the UK home of Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler, the new station is also an important and symbolic location for the IONITY network. With the latest generation of electric vehicles providing much-improved performance, efficiency and comfort, the new network will ease range anxiety for existing and potential EV owners.
IONITY’s network will establish 2400 chargers across Europe by 2020, enabling hassle-free Pan-European EV travel. With ultra-fast charging times and the selection of convenient motorway locations, IONITY’s network will make long distance journeys far more viable than much slower 50kW alternatives. The 350kW UK charging network is future-proofed, delivering infrastructure capable of charging times as low as 8 minutes, making e-mobility a convenient, reliable and everyday experience.
For all of its UK stations, IONITY’s High Power Chargers will provide every charge point with 100% renewable energy. This greatly reduces the environmental impact of a journey and providing peace of mind for environmentally conscious drivers.
Roads Minister, Rt. Hon. Michael Ellis MP
Roads Minister, Rt. Hon. Michael Ellis MP, said, “Our ambitious Road to Zero Strategy outlines the Government’s vision for the UK to have one of the best electric vehicle charging networks in the world.
“Close collaboration with the private sector is crucial as we move towards a zero-emission future. IONITY’s leadership is helping supercharge the UK’s charging infrastructure.”
Brian Matthews, Head of Transportation Innovation, Milton Keynes
Brian Matthews, Head of Transportation Innovation, Milton Keynes, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with IONITY, to create this ultra-fast charging facility for electric vehicle drivers. This demonstrates our commitment to support electric vehicle drivers in Milton Keynes and beyond. Milton Keynes has an ambition to remain a leading EV city.”
Marcus Groll, COO, IONITY
Marcus Groll, COO, IONITY said, “We are excited to continue the expansion of the UK network, alongside our partners. Milton Keynes is a key location, both geographically and as an automotive and technology hub – it was an ideal site for our second UK station. Now that there are IONITY High Power Chargers, drivers travelling in or through Milton Keynes can rapidly recharge their vehicles with 100% renewable energy. We don’t just want to provide the fastest, most reliable chargers, we want them to be as clean as possible.
“Eventually, our network will bring 40 High Power Charging stations to the UK, providing much-needed infrastructure for the e-mobility revolution. It is not enough to just provide 50kW chargers, that is not convincing anyone to make the switch. This therefore means IONITY’s chargers are prepared for the advancement of battery technology and EVs of the future. Our network will enable long-distance journeys and help to make electric vehicle ownership a frictionless transition.”
IONITY are based in Munich and were founded in 2017; it is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group. In addition to this, IONITY’s goal is to build an extensive and reliable 350 kW High-Power-Charging network (HPC) for electric vehicles in Europe. As a result, this secures comfortable long-distance travel. IONITY has attractive national and international locations through its strong partners. Finally, IONITY is an internationally registered trademark.
About IONITY’s High-Power Charging network
IONITY’s charging technology is able to directly convert AC power to DC via industrially-robust electronics. This is before transmitting it straight into a vehicle’s battery at full velocity. Furthermore, each charge point offers the potential of up to 350 kW. However, smart logic inside the charger means all EVs equipped with CCS will automatically charge at the fastest rate their batteries can safely handle. Finally, a vehicle capable of the full 350 kW charging power can be ready in approx. 10-15 minutes, significantly faster than it takes at more common 50 kW charging stations as of today. This is three times quicker than current fast chargers. Additionally, all vehicles using the Combined Charging System (CCS). Consequently, this is the most widely available EV charging standard in Europe and compatible with the network.