Car brands to create Europe-wide charging network
The venture will see 400 new electric vehicle charging points installed across Europe.
Several of the world’s largest car manufacturers have teamed up to install 400 ultra-fast charging points for electric vehicles across Europe over the next two years.
Named Ionity, the venture consists of industry leaders like the BMW Group, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group and aims to make the idea of owning an electric vehicle much more appealing to consumers by eliminating what’s known as range anxiety.
According to several reports, the fear of electric vehicles running out of charge before they reach a far-away destination is still quite widespread and holds back a lot of potential buyers.
Ionity hopes they’ll be able to fully install 20 of these high-powered charging stations by the end of the year, with 100 more to follow by the end of 2018.
Each charging station will have a capacity of 350kW and will allow for simultaneous charging of multiple cars from all kinds of different manufacturers, not just the ones involved in the project.
It's hoped other such manufacturers will soon join the project and help expand the network into more towns and cities across Europe.
“Ionity will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said it CEO Michael Hajesch.
According to the charging station locator app Zapp Map, there are currently 14,064 public charging points situated throughout the UK.