BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group (namely Audi and Porsche) united for foundation of a high-power charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles – IONITY.
The charging capacity is up to 350 kW. It conforms to CCS (Combined Charging System) European charging standard. IONITY gradually expands its network.
By August 2018, seven stations were open in Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Denmark, with 4-6 chargers on each. More stations are coming. By 2020, the company plants to open about 400 fast-charging stations across Europe.
The carmakers-founders of IONITY have been actively developing their EV lineups.
For instance, the Audi e-tron quattro has been recently precented to start a new all-electric range of the brand.
The first Audi electric car able to support fast charging at 350 kW power stations will be a four-door e-tron GT – a luxury sedan to challenge the Tesla Model S. It will charge to 80% in just 12 minutes.
The Porsche Mission E can be charged up to 80% in 15 minutes at such stations. The upcoming electric Porsche Taycan will be able to charge to 400-km power reserve in 15 minutes.