BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler Team Up For Install Of Fast Chargers In Europe


The pan-European high-power charging network will encompass about 400 stations by the end of the decade.

Without a shadow of a doubt, electric vehicles will eventually become the norm in the automotive industry and this new wide EV charging network (first announced last November) provides a taste of things to come. Rarely so many car manufacturers get together to jointly develop such a large project that will kick off with an initial batch of 20 fast-charging stations scheduled to be operational by the end of the year. That number is projected to grow to around 400 until 2020.

The Volkswagen Group, Daimler, Ford, and BMW have inked a deal to set up what they have named “Ionity,” a high-power charging (HPC) network tailored to EVs in European countries. Germany, Norway, and Austria will be getting the first stations and these are going to be located at intervals of 120 kilometers (75 miles), so range anxiety shouldn’t be much of an issue in those parts of Europe that will be covered by Ionity.

To make it happen, the automakers have signed partnerships with autobahn services company Tank & Rast as well as with convenience store network Circle K and also with oil and gas company OMV. By the end of 2018, there are going to be more than 100 stations utilizing the European charging standard Combined Charging System (CCS) and providing a maximum capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point.

All of the car companies involved in the Ionity project have equal shares in the joint venture and are willing to allow other manufacturers to support the growth of the pan-European HPC network. The founding partners believe EVs will become more appealing in the eyes of new car buyers as a result of the massive HPC network already in the works.

Ionity’s HQ has been established in Munich, Germany and the team is expected to grow to 50 members by the start of next year. Speaking about the launch of the HPC network, Ionity’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hajesch, said:

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel.”

Press blast below:

IONITY – Pan-European High-Power Charging Network Enables E-Mobility for Long Distance Travel

  • Joint Venture to build a High-Power-Charging (HPC) Network for electric vehicles starts operation
  • IONITY will implement and operate about 400 fast charging stations across European major thoroughfares until 2020
  • Build-up of 20 stations in multiple European countries starts already in 2017
  • A charging capacity of up to 350 kW enables to reduce charging time significantly when compared to existing systems
  • Multi-brand compatibility with current and future generations of electric vehicles through Combined Charging System (CCS) 

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche today announced joint venture IONITY that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an important step for electric vehicles. Based in Munich, Germany, the joint venture is led by Chief Executive Officer Michael Hajesch and Chief Operating Officer Marcus Groll, with a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said Hajesch.

Creation of 20 charging stations starting in 2017
A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 km, through partnerships with “Tank & Rast”, “Circle K” and “OMV”. Through 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously.

With a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point, the network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The brand-agnostic approach and Europe-wide distribution is expected to help make electrified vehicles more appealing.

Choosing the best locations takes into account potential integration with existing charging technologies and IONITY is negotiating with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those supported by the participating companies as well as political institutions. The investment underlines the commitment that the participating manufacturers are making in electric vehicles and relies on international co-operation across the industry.

The founding partners, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group, have equal shares in the joint venture, while other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.

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17 Comments on "BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler Team Up For Install Of Fast Chargers In Europe"

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“It sucks because its not Tesla” Comment coming in 1, 2, 3.. 😀

Why didn’t they collaborate with Tesla? It’s collusion between the established ICE makers.

They want yo stay in business and push Tesla out.

Tesla pushed out itself by going proprietary walled garden way and attempting to create monopoly. Frankly, it got what it deserves.

Tesla should just switch to CCS, ChaDeMo and GB/T depending on the region they sell in. They are already a part of the consortia that sets standards. Nobody else is holding them back. It’s their own decision to follow the monopolistic “walled garden” model popular in Silicon Valley.

We need standards not proprietary charging.

Tesla owner & fan here saying:

It’s *great* that a consortium of traditional car makers have finally organized to provide access to a convenient & reliable fast-charge network in Europe… hopefully they will do the same for North America.

It’s also *great* that the first installment of 20 of these chargers are scheduled to be installed in Europe by year end 2017… that shows serious get-it-done commitment.

Would be *great* if Tesla offered a CCS adapter same as they do for CHAdeMO and/or alternatively provide a dual connector charge port (like they do now in China for GB-20234) with CCS as the 2nd connection option for Europe & North America sold cars.

VW is already doing “Electrify America” with 350 kW chargers so it will happen there too.

Hopefully in the future Tesla will have CCS and Tesla conector side be side on their vehicles. There is a lot of space to fit both under Model 3 charging cover.

That should do us a lot of good in North America .lol..So Who Cares! I wish that would happen in N A Instead!

Typical American. “this news isn’t relevant to NA so who cares!” attitude.

A lot of readers of this site do not live in America…

A lot of usual suspects on this site, including me, regard anything posted by EV Nut L’amata as sometimes entertaining or amusing, but never representative of EV advocates, let alone significant or informative.

I believe he was actually joking !

Oh the irony !

This is great! I find it very encouraging that different major auto makers are joining together to plan for installing EV chargers. I think the most significant thing here is this means they’re agreeing on a common charging standard. Here’s hoping this alliance spreads to the U.S. and other regions!

The EV revolution is being held back by a lack of common charging standard. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is the first major step toward establishing that standard.


No. No it isn’t held back by the chargers. Similarly, petroleum is not held back by there being both diesel and gasoline vehicles, which not only require different “plugs” but require filling stations to have different fuel tanks.

A charging standard is a socket, a plug, a cable and software. There are already dual-standard chargers. It’s way less important than manufacturer commitment and vehicle cost and utility.

What’s holding BEV back is cost and utility provided by vehicles, and the willingness of manufacturers to commit to enough sales volume that there would be a network with complete coverage and, more importantly in the long term, sufficient capacity and reliability that customers will have spots available when they need them..

Sell 1.2 million cars (that’s a whopping 10,000 per month for 10 years), set aside $500 per car, spend $150,000 per site and you would have 4000 sites. We can see what Tesla’s made possible with it’s 432 US locations and understand the impact that 4,000 sites would have.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, electric vehicles will eventually become the norm in the automotive industry”

Oh, I wish I had your unfettered optimism. I don’t think we are yet at the point where this transition is inevitable. Yes, the market is gaining momentum, but it is still tiny, and there are many factors that could kill it.

Last year, they said 400 stations as a fast phase and thousands by 2020. Their aim is to eliminate CHAdeMO obviously.

400 in 2020

Well, it’s a start.