Range anxiety is one of the most important reasons which stops drivers from buying electric cars. Luckily relief is on its way, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and VW Group have formed a joint venture called IONITY which aims to develop and implement a High Power Charging (HPC) network across Europe.
The plans are currently based in mainland Europe but they intend to create 400 HPC stations by 2020 on main roads at about 75 miles intervals. It is intended to create a ‘Pan European network’ to make longer car journeys more practical and extend the appeal of electric vehicles. For example IONITY state that Porsche’s Mission E concept could receive 80% charge in 15 minutes giving an extended range of 400 km. Time enough to grab a coffee and check your emails.
IONITY state that the HPC stations should not be ‘brand specific’ and have invited other manufacturers to join and help expand the network. Whilst IONITY’s plans are initially based in Austria, Norway and Germany, the UK has more than 13,500 charge point connectors including 1,000 rapid chargers making it one of the largest rapid charge point networks in Europe.
With the ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, do you think the UK will be ready to meet the challenge.