Shell backs Ionity for European fast charging network

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By Nick Flaherty

The roll out will start with six charging points at each of 80 of its biggest motorway service stations across Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.

Ionity is a joint venture between BMW Group, Daimler, Ford Motor and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche set up earlier this year and the deal follows a change in its charger strategy over recent months.

Using the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard means the 350kW chargers will take five to eight minutes on average to charge next generation electric vehicles, three times faster than any other charger currently available to drivers.

“Customers want to go on long journeys in their electric vehicles and feel confident that there are reliable, comfortable and convenient places to charge them quickly,” said István Kapitány, Shell’s Global Executive Vice President of Retail. “Demand for electric vehicle charging on Europe’s major highways is set to grow rapidly. We are pre-empting drivers’ need to charge quickly by becoming one of Ionity’s major partners, giving customers access to the fastest charge points across ten European countries.”

This follows the recent agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest charging providers, and the launch of Shell Recharge fast chargers at selected Shell forecourts 

“Ionity and Shell share a common goal: to enable convenient long-distance travel with electric vehicles across Europe by providing reliable fast-charging infrastructure,” Dr. Michael Hajesch, CEO of Ionity. “Joining forces means combining Shell’s long history and experience in retail with our state-of-the-art technology for fast charging. It will significantly increase the customer satisfaction of EV drivers.” 

Ionity. based in Munich, plans to have 400 high-powered charging stations across Europe.

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