IONITY: “Looking back, we see an absolute doubling of the charging infrastructure every year”


In November, IONITY said: “We open five to seven stations every week”. Now ionity boss Michael Hajesch announced the German Press Agency that one looks for an absolute doubling of the charging infrastructure every year. From his point of view, there are also numerous support measures of political side. “If you eat these systems once, then you’re there, I think, well on the way,” says Hajesch. Nevertheless, he also sees it that the funding phase has to continue to keep up to compete with the future approach to vehicle growth.

Recently, Ionity was delighted that the Tesla Model 3 should come with CCS port on the European market. Is it potential customers for their own shop network, which should enable fast loading along European main transport axes. Started in 2017 as a project by BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group, a total of 400 stations are to be built in Europe by 2020.

And yet, despite all the progress, an inadequate charging infrastructure is still the main obstacle to the expansion of electromobility – in addition to the high price of the vehicles and the shorter range, according to the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries.

At the end of 2018 we can now count on more than 16.100 public and semi-public charging points in Germany are currently included in the BDEW charging station register. A good 12% of the charging stations recorded can be classified as fast chargers. With regard to the last five months, an increase of 20 percent compared to the 13th.500 charging points are recorded in July. According to the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), there are also around 6.700 charging stations in Germany, only some of which are publicly accessible, for example at companies.

Back to IONITY. These are looking for a market gap with a focus on highways. A large part of the charging structure is needed in the cities. “But up to ten percent of the average annual mileage also takes place over long distances,” said Hajesch. The ability to quickly charge the vehicle at petrol stations and rest stops throughout Europe is an essential part of the purchase decision.

With its own charging network, Hajesch hopes that charging electric cars will be much more convenient in the future. To do this, the various providers would have to work together by installing charging stations nationwide that use common standards and billing systems.

By 2020, IONITY wants to set up around 400 such fast charging stations in 23 European countries. “We are confident that we will achieve this goal,” said Hajesch. In summer, the construction of the first stations had begun, so far 14 are completed, 27 more are under construction.

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