IONITY, which plans to build a network of electric-vehicle service stations across Europe to make long trips as feasible for electric vehicles as for fossil-fueled vehicles, recently opened its first station – in Neuenkirch, Switzerland on the A2 motorway.
The station, a pilot project near Lucerne, features six of ABB’s most advanced high-speed chargers, the Terra HP. The 350kW Terra HP chargers can recharge for 200 km in just eight minutes.
By 2020, IONITY plans to operate a network of approximately 400 fast charging stations across 24 European countries.
IONITY is a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
After successful initial installations, ABB has been selected as the main technology partner and supplier for charging systems by IONITY. There will be a significant initial roll-out already by the end of 2018.
ABB, synonymous with electric-transportation breakthroughs during its 130-year history, has become a global leader in connected DC charging systems for electric vehicles. Approximately 7,000 ABB DC chargers are now installed in more than 60 countries.