Ionity's 350kW station offer EV charging in under 20 minutes - although no EVs are yet capable of such charging capability

Charging network Ionity, backed by car makers including Ford and Volkswagen, has opened the most powerful charging station for electric vehicles yet to launch in the UK, promising charging times of under 20 minutes.

The 350kW charging station is in Maidstone, Kent and is the first move in bigger plans by the firm to offer more than 40 UK sites, each with up to six high-power chargers. Ionity said it will soon add locations at Milton Keynes and Gretna Green.

There are currently no electric vehicles on sale which are capable of charging at 350kW. The first compatible car is expected to be the upcoming Porsche Taycan, which will go on sale early next year. However, all electric vehicles are able to charge at the points, but just at a lower rate of charge.

An Ionity spokesman said: “[Our] 350kW UK charging network is future-proofed, delivering infrastructure capable of charging times as low as eight minutes depending on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery, thus making e-mobility a convenient, reliable and everyday experience.”

 

Currently, the Audi E-tron has the highest charge rate of any electric model currently on sale at 150kW. 

There are a handful of 150kW charging stations in the UK, including those recently announced by rival firm BP Chargemaster, but most public charging points are 50kW, meaning much slower charging times.

The Ionity spokesman added: “High-power charging is widely regarded as essential to the increased adoption of electric vehicles, making long distance journeys far more viable than the much slower 50kW alternatives.”

He added: "We are now seeing cars coming to market with capability far beyond 50kW charging so an advanced charging network is a key part of the EV jigsaw. Ionity wants to reassure consumers, and vehicle manufacturers, that fast-charging is a reality. By installing 350kW chargers we are investing in a future where long-distance EV travel is simple and practical - fast charging makes this possible."

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Manufacturers are slowly introducing electric vehicles with higher charging capabilities in a bid to reduce these times. The general industry consensus is that once charging times are nearing 10 minutes for around 80% charge, those car owners wedded to petrol or diesel vehicles will more seriously consider changing to a zero-emission machine.

Ionity, a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group, plans to install up to 2400 chargers by 2020 across Europe. 

Ionity said its UK charging points will use 100% renewable energy, provided by energy technology firm Octopus Energy.

Michael Hajesch, CEO, Ionity said: “We are delighted to be launching our network in the UK with our first station in Maidstone. As car manufacturers continue to launch electric vehicles with bigger batteries to provide a longer range, high-power charging is an essential part of the e-mobility transition process thus making the e-journey a smooth and seamless experience. 

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22 May 2019

Great news that Ionity have opened at Maidstone. One correction worth making though: the article describes the Audi eTron as the fastest charging at 150kW but actually the Tesla Model S and X can both charge at up to 200kW in their latest form and the Model 3 at up to 250kW.

Once the Taycan arrives though that will wear the crown.... 

23 May 2019

What is the point of mentioning no car can use them yet? If they wait until the cars that can are launched, it will be too long before the owners get a regular opportunity ot use them. Just say the network has started to be developed ready for the upcoming cars.

23 May 2019
Andy_Cowe wrote:

What is the point of mentioning no car can use them yet? If they wait until the cars that can are launched, it will be too long before the owners get a regular opportunity ot use them. Just say the network has started to be developed ready for the upcoming cars.

 

They can be used by most EVs but just not at full speed, they'll drop output to the capability of the EV thats plugged in

23 May 2019

Autocar is deliberately omitting the fact that Tesla is already offering 250kW charging on their cars! Tesla and their supercharger network is the 600 lb gorilla in the EV world and somehow Autocar thinks that this can be ignored.....for an Ionity oddity 

23 May 2019
FRI2 wrote:

Autocar is deliberately omitting the fact that Tesla is already offering 250kW charging on their cars! Tesla and their supercharger network is the 600 lb gorilla in the EV world and somehow Autocar thinks that this can be ignored.....for an Ionity oddity 

 

All they've done is transcribe a press release, most other sites are running with pretty much the exact same text. And its probably been done by a hack who doesn't know much about EVs .

23 May 2019

Probably as important if not more important than higher ranges in BEV.   Also, They'll  be used as a top-up only as why pay 20p a kw opposed to 9p a kw from home.  All this means some people will barely use them (handy to know they're there though) but others may only use them once a month for 15 minutes when caught short

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

23 May 2019

Funny that VW are spending all this cash but it’s a Jaguar charging on their main pic

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