Four major manufacturers join to form charging network

Four major manufacturers join to form charging network

BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and VW Group have joined forces to create a Europe-wide electric car charging network

Four of the world’s most well-known manufacturers have joined forces to implement a continent-wide charging network for current and future electric vehicles.

The IONITY project is the brainchild of the BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and the VW Group to make travelling long distances in electric vehicles much easier.

BMW iVision Dynamics all-electric concept
BMW's all-electric iVision Dynamics concept

With the partnership fitting 400 High-Power Charging stations across Europe by 2020, IONITY is hoping to have built 100 by the end of next year.

By the end of 2017 20 of those will be finished, with Germany, Austria and Norway benefitting from the new charging points. They will be placed at intervals of 80 miles and have used sub-contractors to get the first batch of stations built.

Each charging point will have a capacity of 350kW and vehicles from different manufacturers will be able to use the charging points. The venture is organising the placing of each of these stations with local infrastructure companies to make sure each station is in a suitable place.

Ionity European charging network Ford BMW Group Daimler VW Group

The four companies have an equal share in the project and is based in the German city of Munich.

IONITY 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.”

This network will help make the ownership of electric vehicles more viable as they make long-distance travel in them much easier.

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