IONITY Ultra Fast Charging Network Maps Out Planned Stations

MAR 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 35

Audi presented at a conference in Oslo, Norway a makeshift map with fast charging stations of the IONITY network, established by the BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche.

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IONITY will offer 400 stations (with about six charging stalls each) by the end of 2019. The uniqueness of this project is 350 kW power level envisioned for future long-range electric cars. High power is why these chargers are called ultra fast.

It is expected that initial charging output will be “just” 150 kW.

One of the biggest partners in Europe is Shell, who signed up for 80 stations.

As you can see on the map, IONITY fast chargers are placed near main routes/highways.

In the U.S., the ultra fast chargers are anticipated to be installed through Volkswagen’s Electrify America (first target is 290 stations by the end of 2019).

The first ultra fast charging stations already appear in Europe like the one in Germany, launched in December. At first, four 175 kW spots were made available, but from Spring on it will be 350 kW, according to charging operator Allego.

Allego: Europe’s first public ultra-fast charging station (4x 175 kW) now operational in Germany

Source: Electrek

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I see… So is Ionity the one doing the HPFC installs for Electrify America?

No. Electrify America chose a couple different installers. Greenlots is one of them. Can’t recall the other two.

Oh yes, that is the last piece of the puzzle. Proper fast charging corridors through the US and the European continent will be a huge boost for EVs. There are already plenty of chargers, especially in Europe, but having one network covering it all instead of having to sign up for and use a plethora of different cards, memberships and special deals is great. That is the specific thing the Tesla Supercharger network got right.

I like seeing car makers working together on this.

Looks like Porsche’s Mission E will arrive with significant 350KW infrastructure already in place next year. That would make it more of a serious Model S rival than I originally anticipated, or at least if it’s offered at the same sort of money as suggested by supposedly being positioned below Panamera.

80% in 15 minutes is a game changing step up from Tesla’s 80% in 40 minutes. I wonder how ready Tesla is to meet this challenge.

Yes you are right, this could be a game changer. But it’s very strange that so far while various versions of Mission E base model and Shooting Brake concepts and Test Mules have been seen in many places they yet have not made one single demo of that unique 350kW/800V Ultra Fast charging. And in the you-tube marketing video released last week at Geneva MotorShow was showing an un-expected flat 213 Amps between 73% and 93% state of charge in the accelerated video showing their App control screen. That multiplied by 800V only makes 170kW !!! While at 73% SOD they should run # full speed based on my Tesla experience.
What is the PROBLEM then ?

There is a 350kW Porsche Station in Berlin (2x350kW) and a Ionity Station in Denmark (6x350kW).

Two questions:

Are they indeed implying that the Electrify America will be using some or all Ionity stations?

If this “skinny” thing is 150kW, why are there big, clunky refrigerator-size DC fast chargers that only run at 45kW? Maybe the bulky power components are off to the side, and the piece you see is only a housing for the connector?

Yes, most power electronics is in the grey boxes in the background.

It looks like Greenlots won the initial Electrify America contract,

Active cable cooling?

This is the reality – rolling out a national DCFC infrastructure is trivial for the big guys. Remember that Electrify America alone has a $2 billion purse already from VW. That is more than the total amount that Tesla has invested in charging infrastructure. When the other manufaturers pitch in, this entire network is going to come online nearly instantaneously.

We’ve all been trained to think that starting up a national supercharger network is the next feat of Hercules and that Tesla has an insurmountable competitive advantage. With the agreements in place, especially at gas stations that already have the power line drops in place, there is very little work to be done.

Yeah its trivial all right, except for the fact that they would rather slow walk the transition to sustainable transportation.

They wouldn’t want their few, mostly compliance PEVs to show how superior compelling PEVs are to the ICE vehicles that represent 99% of their sales for some strange reason.

@dan said: “rolling out a national DCFC infrastructure is trivial for the big guys… there is very little work to be done…”

Wrong … big time.

Each install requires site acquisition (purchase, lease, or JV), site engineering, permitting & installation… then post installation inspection. Then each site requires constant going forward site monitoring for R&M.

My hope is that IONITY and others are successful in meeting their charging network buildout schedules but it won’t an easy thing to get done if they do. Likely these projects will be considerably delayed.

Depends on who you partner with. The article already said that Shell is in for 80 sites.

There won’t be any acquisition problems there. In Germany for example all you really need is a contract with “Tank und Rast”, which gives you 350 sites located at all German Highways. With the right partners, this is a lot simpler than you may think. Installing and maintaining an EV charger is considerably simpler than running a gasoline station (cleaner, fewer moving parts).

Many people mistake not wanting to do something with not being able to. Major car manufacturer didn’t want to have EVs in the past. Now they do. That changes a lot.

First – This network is still in the planning phase. Lots of work to be done. We’ll see if they manage to get it built out in 2019.

Second, who cares? Getting another DC fast charging network is great! Tesla’s can use this one too. Win/Win.

Teslas can only use it at up to 50kW, via their ChadeMo adaptor

Through Electrify America, VW is setting itself up to own the high powered charging network. Plans are already strongly underway for stations across the US. By the time their ID vehicles hit the road, they’ll have plenty of places to juice up.

VW will own the EA network? I thought it was independent.

They will own and operate it, but are required to provide charging for all BEVs, hence why both CHadeMO and CCS plugs.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

VW will code in an algorithm called “charge cheat device” that will dumb down the charge rate for non VW vehicles but let VW vehicles charge at max rate.


Still lots of missing links on the US map. Still can’t get from Brownville or Corpus Christi, TX to San Antonio without a Tesla and their already existing Superchargers. There is still only one choice for long distance EV travel in the US. Someday that will hopefully change.

What about eastern Europe…?

Based on the magnified map (hard to read and pixelated):

It seems like Poland will get a fair amount which is strange because that country seems to be ardently pro-coal and anti-renewable. Hopefully that will change in time. Their population certainly warrants the chargers and possibly VW has some factories there.

Croatia will get a disproportionate amount of chargers but that is easy to understand (strong tourism industry and also very popular with the Western-European folks).

Western-Hungary will get a few which is not a big surprise since Audi/WV has a lot of investments there (e.g.: Győr, Budapest). Seemingly nothing for Eastern-Hungary. Luckily a bigger government program is underway here to install a lot of public chargers so will be easier to travel in a short few years.

The Czech Republic also gets a fair number compared to their population.

Slovakia is notably on the short end of these plans. Seems like one site in Bratislava or near.

OK, so I arrive at one of these with my current-gen EV and plug in. Is the charging station sufficiently smart to recognise that this car comes from the time of the dinosaurs and switch the current down to something it can handle, or do I return to find my car reduced to a pile of molten aluminium and charred carbon fibre?

Asking for a friend.

The car has always controlled the rate at a charger, not the other way around.

what about USA Jr, canada ?

It seems eastern Europe is not in Europe…

It’s very likely that there will be delays for multiple reasons.

It’s a very strange map. They have allocated 13 stations to Montana, but only 24 to California. It looks good on the map, very complete … seemingly, but not actually very efficient. Those Montana stations may go days, even weeks without seeing a car, but the California stations will be mobbed. Just for comparison, Tesla has about 65 stations in California today and something like 8 in Montana, with plans that look like they intend to triple the California stations by 2019. Half the nation’s EVs do reside in California after all. Whoever planned this map for VW doesn’t appear to have thought very deeply about station placement.

Yes, it is an odd map and yes it is missing stations in California.

CA gets 50+ stations by next summer, not 24. That map is missing locations along CA-1, for example. It also almost certainly shows more than the 290 locations due for completion in June, 2019. Perhaps it is intended to represent the eventual rollout in later years.

Anyway, it’s good to see any kind of map of Electrify America’s network get some exposure.

You can see what I believe is a closer representation of the near-term June, 2019 buildout here:

The map shows locations, and different locations get different numbers of chargers.
I expect the Montana stations will get the 3 minimum, and the California stations will get the 10 maximum. (They announced 3-6 chargers per highway location, 4 to 10 in metro locations)

These press releases are incomplete without mentioning what their rates will be.

Its rather like introducing new gasoline or hydrogen stations without mentioning the cost to the consumer.

You get a hint from a new gasoline station at least since if the price isn’t competitive everyone will ignore it and use what they always have used.

And what about Finland? Nothing?

A Lot Bla bla i read here… Ass allways “lighthouse” projects. I believe it when i see, it when i touch and finaly when i charge the first time… And thats only my minor concern… Shell is involved (OMG) Why ??? do you wana be independent or still a paying slave? Prices at some chargeing stations alredy higher than gazoline. Only because companys with the right value of $ can eford this tech. Meanwile the countrys gouverment allready talking about taxes. EVEN before they build or support a chargeing network. Sorry dudes… this is the wrong direction. And don’t get me wrong… i realy realy would apprechiate a solid network.