Ford’s high-powered charging network will make EV road trip dreams a reality:
While electric vehicles do a lot for them, they tend to fall too far, too far. The average electric car can usually take between 40 and 200 miles on a single charge, but since you do not always have constant access to the charging stations, a long road is something that always seems to be a risk.
However, thanks to Ford’s new joint venture, this could change to build a high-performance charging network for electric vehicles.
Under the name of IONITY, the company brings together Ford, BMW, Daimler AG, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. Together, they will install and operate around 400 fast-loading stations on the main European roads by 2020.
The process of installing the stations has already started and there are already 120 stations in Germany, Norway and Austria. The goal is to have 50 stations by the beginning of 2018 and expand them to more than 100 by the end of the year.
To ensure that charging stations are located in the most suitable locations for most drivers, IONITY works with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those that are supported by participating companies and political institutions.
Each charging station has a capacity of up to 350 kW, and the network will use the European charging station of the Combined Charging System, so loading times are much faster than those of most existing systems.
A great benefit for the owner of this electric vehicle is that it is independent of the brand. This means that, as with a regular service station, many drivers can load their car into a station, regardless of the brand they drive.
Given the number of recent initiatives by the European government to increase the number of electric vehicles, these initiatives are certainly an attractive alternative to traditional vehicles.