IONITY Has 32 Fast-Charge Stations: Bjorn Checks Out First In Norway

DEC 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

IONITY will place 400 DC fast charging stations in Europe

The IONITY ultra-fast charging network is expanding fast in Europe and as of December 8, there were already 32 stations ready, while another 48 are under construction or in the paperwork phase. In late September, just 10 stations were open.

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

The chargers will be ready for 800 V battery systems and up to 350 kW of power, however the power output today is not necessarily that high.

Bjørn Nyland recently visited one of two IONITY stations in Norway to find out that the Tritium chargers are currently equipped with standard CCS Combo cables instead of liquid-cooled cables that are required to achieve ultra-fast charging levels of 350 kW.

The charger itself (see image below) was rated for:

  • Output: 500 A and 200-920 V
  • -35°C to +50°C

The prices are:

“To demonstrate just how serious we are about the freedom to drive, for the rest of 2018 all you need to know is the number 8. Whether it’s in Euro, Swiss Francs, or British Pounds, each and every EV charge will be priced at a transparent set-rate of. In Scandinavia the session fee will be 80 NOK / SEK / DKK. Easy and transparent – so you can get on the road today. “

Tritium fast chargers at IONITY station (Source: Bjørn Nyland)

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21 Comments on "IONITY Has 32 Fast-Charge Stations: Bjorn Checks Out First In Norway"

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Do Not Read Between The Lines

It’s December. I’d want to know what’ll happen in 2019.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

I mean the prices. “For the rest of December” is 3 weeks. What will their prices be in 2019?

It’s is free to charge during the intoductory test period (from CC on the video).

When they start charging in will be 80 SEK in Sweden, 80 NOK in Norway.
That is €7.75 Euro and €8.23, respectively.

The charge is a set fee per session.

A set price regardless of how much I charge or how long I stay there connected?

Then it would only make sense to go there if you are really empty and need to charge to full and you ahve a big battery 70kWh+, otherwise the kWh price is astronomical.

Keeps the small battery cars (slow chargers) at bay. On the other hand, it encourages topping up.

Circle K in Norway, eh!
The Canadian owned company has been aquiring and re-branding convenience stores, and franchising all over the world.
The Macs chain was the last to be assimilated in Ontario.

Oh, and more chargers are good too 😉

Here in Europe Circle K are not acquiring and re-branding convenience stores, but instead only acquiring and re-branding gas stations (most of these gas stations has a convenience store attached though). Circle K gas stations are are in several European countries now (all across Scandinavia, the Baltic countries, Poland and Russia).
With more than 300 Circle K gas stations and 2000 employees here in Denmark alone, Circle K is now by far the biggest gas station operator in Denmark after taking over and re-branding all Statoil and most Shell gas stations.
Statoil Fuel & Retail in Europe was taken over by Couche-Tard (the owner of Circle K) in 2012. Included in the deal Couche-Tard also got the rights to use the Statoil brand until 2021, so before 2021 all Statoil station will have been renamed to Circle K.
The first Ionity charger in Denmark is also located at a Circle K gas station. Bjørn Nyland has also visited this charger earlier.

Here’s three of videos of Bjørn Nyland visiting the first Ionity superfast charger in Denmark two months ago at a Circle K gas station in Rødekro and testing the Ionity charge rate in a Jaguar I-Pace:
#52 Jaguar I-Pace from Norway to Germany part 1:
Jaguar I-Pace charging on 350 kW fast charger:
#52 Jaguar I-Pace from Norway to Germany part 2:

Another Euro point of view

So it is only a question of changing the cables (to liquid cooled ones) to get them to deliver the max rated power ? I am getting a bit suspicious now, like reality does not match what was announced. In the absence of cars needing the 150kWh to 350kWh I could understand that they did not bother with the complicated cooled cables but eTron is just around the corner (Feb. next year ?) and I can’t imagine a good reason why those could not already deliver at least 150kWh charging power, for 350kWh indeed nothing urgent.

They are simply struggling for parts. The production of charging equipment needs to be ramped up as well. They used to be basically handmade and now we don’t need a few hundred of them instead they have to plan production for the 10s of thousands.

Another Euro point of view

OK, fair enough.

Not sure it’s just the cables. The actual charger seems to be a DC-DC converter, according to the specs shown; which means it needs a separate transformer/rectifier in the “background” to supply the 950 Vdc input. I suspect these will have to be swapped out as well…

The transformer is a separate box on site.

Euh, input 950V x 380A and output up to 950V x 500A. Does that mean these chargers need buffer storage if you want to charge above 150ish kW on a 400V battery pack? (380Ax400V being about 150kW)

No. The chargers don’t output Max current and max voltage at the same time. That is why they are called 350kW chargers. The full 500A are only available below 700V.

Thanks for the info eject 🙂

Very interesting. These are the first chargers that are apparently just ‘Buck-Converters’ since the supply is 950 volts from presumably a rectifier in the Coral or building. Seems like a decent way to do it, as it minimizes the wiring run from the electric service. Somewhat over 500 amperes is needed from the switchboard to the (presumably) colocated rectifier.

Aren’t Tesla chargers set up the same way?

Great to see a Queensland company making it on the world stage!! Go the maroons!

It’s really dynamic. Since the article was written they started 3 new stations. Have a look for yourself at this neat little tracking website from some user.