Ford Motor Company has joined forces with Germany’s BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen (including Audi and Porsche) to bring more High-Power-Charging (HPC) stations for electrified vehicles to Europe. The automakers last week announced a new joint venture called “IONITY” that will create a new, pan-European HPC network, with 400 stations planned for implementation by the year 2020.
Through partnerships with petrol station operators Tank & Rast, Circle K, and OMV, the joint venture will open 20 new HPC stations on major roads in Germany, Norway, and Austria this year. Through the end of next year, the number of stations will swell to more than 100, each with the capacity to serve multiple customers simultaneously at up to 350 kW. Each station will use the widely-embraced Combined Charging System standard, serving numerous EV makes.
“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” says Michael Hajesch, CEO of the new Munich-based joint venture. “IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”