BMW, Daimler, Ford, And VW Team Up To Launch European Charging Joint Venture

BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have teamed up to form a new joint venture called IONITY.

Created to develop and implement a high-power charging network across Europe, IONITY aims to make long distance travel in electric vehicles easier and less frustrating. The joint venture will be based in Munich and has plans open approximately 400 charging stations in Europe by 2020.

20 stations are slated to be opened later this year and they will be located on major roads in Austria, Germany, and Norway. The stations will be located 120 km (74 miles) apart from each other and have a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point.

Each station will use the European Combined Charging System standard and it promises to “significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems.” The use of the standard will also allow multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

The network will expand to more than 100 stations in 2018 and companies all have equal shares in the joint venture. Other automakers have been invited to help expand the network and IONITY’s goal is to help make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers.

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  • Michelin

    Is it the Remake of German cartel???

    • exeptor

      No impossible, but more likely unifications of the charging infrastructure. Something which has to be done globaly.


    Oooh, bad move Ford. You teamed up with the three companies that are already in enough trouble as is.

    • OdysseyTag

      Uhm, so who should they have partnered with in Europe – the notibly absent GM or the uninterested FCA?

      • exeptor

        I guess FCA will join at some point.

      • LWOAP

        They should have gone it alone IMO. Last thing they would want is to get caught up in some mess because of something Daimler, BMW, or VW did.

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