IONITY Installs First 50 Ultra Fast Charging Stations

JAN 26 2019 BY MARK KANE 29

Within 8 months, IONITY installed 50 stations

The installations of IONITY fast charging infrastructure accelerated and the number of stations increased to 51 out of 400 planned in Europe.

Interestingly, another 43 stations are at various stages of construction. The pace of installations is very important as several manufacturers are launching new long-range electric cars, which needs to be supported by at least a basic infrastructure for long-distance travel.

The IONITY is a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.

For comparison, Volkswagen’s Electrify America in the U.S. already installed about 90 stations out of 500.

According to the map, first installations were done in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Norway, Liechtenstein and Italy.

Chargers are envisioned for 800 V battery systems and up to 350 kW of power.

IONITY fast charging station – design concept

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Awesome! I’m sure they’ll speed things up!

Well, how many BEVs which can charge with 800V are currently available? 😉
Hopefully my ICE will last some more years so my next car is an *affordable* BEV with 800V CCS charging, like 90kWh battery, tow-bar, …


800V is optional. The chargers are also capable of providing 400V standard charging current (up to 150kW i guess).

They provide 500A at 150V-920V with a maximum power of 350kW.
However, at the moment many stations are limited to 200A or shut down due to the momentary cable malarkey.

P = U * I, which also means for I = const (limitation due to the cable), that if U is cut by half, P is also reduced to the half. In other words: 350kW@800V means 175kW@400V. Look at several charging curves news here, escpecially concerning Fastned. One curve is there usually made using a 175kW charger for a 400V CCS BEV.

An 175kW is far less than 350kW…


No it doesn’t. The limitation of the cable is 500A for the liquid cooled ones. The limitation is the demand charge you want to pay for the grid connection. You can still have 500A* 400V = 200kVA.

When reading articles here about charging curves, also concerning Fastned, always 175kW chargers are mentioned when talking about 400VDC charging. If only the grid connection would be the problem, more power should be possible (until somewhere the max. current of a cable is reached).
And didn’t you notice that what I wrote is also valid concerning the cable to the grid? 🙁 (but at least there (due to AC) changing the voltage is a quite easy task, just use the right transformer)


The 175kW chargers FastNed uses are a ABB modular setup you can find it on the ABB homepage. They can have a second module installed and deliver twice the power. They can actually according to ABB deliver 450kW with two modules.
It is just that no one wants them configured that way because it would just increase the peak draw from the grid. In any case this type of charger is fully CCS revision 2.0 compliant and can deliver between 150V and 920V. The maximum output power can be modulated. If the car hits the maximum set power threshold the current will be tapered and the charger doesn’t work in constant current mode anymore but in constant power mode.

Are we complaining about 175 kW now? Wow, not too long ago you were either limited to 50 or pay handsomely to access Tesla’s 120 kW stations!

Now suddenly almost 50% more than what was previously a defining premium feature is not enough?

The chargers can offer any speed upto 350kW, but (currently) no EV can charge that fast

There are electric buses with 525 kWh battery and ~700 V motor / battery and CCS that can use chargers like this.

Any EV with CCS port can charge at Ionity chargers, the speed will get automatically limited to the vehicles capability.

Currently no car can use the Maximum 350kW

EV charging is a huge business. 400 is a good start but far from enough. Fortunately, there is competition from other companies like Fastned, Shell, BP or Allego.

The competition is the important part.

Honestly, 150 kW is enough. The bigger issue is that we need cars to get more efficient – as they are getting. Currently, the Model 3 can do 10% to 72% in 30 minutes. At a 150 kW charger, that will be 24 minutes. 200-250 miles in 24 minutes. Works for most situations.

No, that’s to slow IMHO. Some 100km at 130km/h in 15min max would be ok.


The Model 3 can charge at >800 km/h, that is >200 km in 15 min. However, driving at 130 km/h, the consumption is somewhat higher, so realistically it’s more like ~150 km in 15 min.

I didn’t know that. 300kms in 30min is very very good charge speed. Is it at 1000kmh ?

I agree. When you consider how much time you save year round by not going to a gas station and standing next to the fuel pump (often in ugly weather), and how comfortable it is charging in your car while browsing on your phone, 200 km in 15 min is fine.

Porsche’s claimed 300kW would be outstanding, but a luxury of limited value, IMO, even though it’s not as fast as gas.

Nice, have been at Brolthal in Germany two weeks ago with a Jaguar and it did charge at the maximum the car can handle. Had a burger and went on my way again. Decent time/charge.

I-Pace max at 85 kW?

Some of them. Safety first!

Yes after the CCS-plug of an ABB charger in Germany blow up with a short circuit, they closed down all stations using those Huber & Suhner supplied cables and plugs.

Sabotage/damaged? Or an engineer/assembly worker having a bad day?

where do you have the info from? The press release states that Germany is actually not affected by the shutdown

In Spain and Portugal Ionity has a deal with local petrol company CEPSA, to install 100 superchargers between 2019 and 2020. The firsts of them, must be ready soon. This means that will be 15-20 gas stations with 5-6 superchargers from Ionity each one in the Iberian Peninsule. Good news for long distance travel.

Good. Filling stations with both gasoline and high power charging (HPC) are good for motorways / travel routes.

If ionity keeps building this slow,I don’t think they will reach the goal of 400 chargers by 2020.

Nonetheless still impressive 🖒