IONITY, the European consortium powered by BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, has reached 400 ultra-fast charging stations built in Europe. This milestone was achieved one year later than planned, as IONITY initially aimed to reach 400 operational locations by 2020.
The consortium currently has a total of 1,582 charging points; Furthermore, 29 new stations are being built, most of them located in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. In our country, there are 15 stations in operation and another 4 under construction.
However, IONITY’s plans will not stop there, as the consortium recently announced its intention to invest a total of 700 million euros to build 5,500 additional charging points between now and 2025. This will mean going from just over 1,500 current points to about 7,000, a very ambitious figure.
As a result, IONITY should have just over 1,000 operational locations by the middle of the decade. Given that it currently has 400 stations, the goal of going from 1,500 to 7,000 charging points with an increase of “only” 600 stations leads us to believe that many of the currently operating locations will receive additional charging points.
IONITY will strengthen its busiest stations
The company aims for each of its stations to have between 6 and 12 charging points, which is why it will strengthen its main locations and those close to large urban centers. Thanks to this important deployment, IONITY is confident of being able to cover the main European roads over the next few years.
“We have reached our great milestone of having 400 active locations! I want to thank our team and our shareholders for being able to make this plan a reality in just four years. Now we are on track to reach 1,000 active locations in 2025 “, Marcus Groll, IONITY COO, celebrated through his LinkedIn profile.
Currently, IONITY is the second-largest ultra-fast charging network in Europe after Superchargers, although it should be noted that the majority of Tesla stations continue to be reserved exclusively for the brand’s customers. All in all, we should not lose sight of the fact that the company has started to open some of its locations to other drivers in the Netherlands, a pilot project that could lead to a widespread opening of its extensive network in the medium term.