Ionity to set up 400 charging stations in Europe

Ionity, a joint venture of Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Ford, aims to set up 400 charging stations in Europe by end-2020, Reuters reported.

Ionity’s charging stations will have about 6 individual loading spots. It has so far installed 63 stations, with a further 52 under construction.

The group specializes in high-speed charging along European motorways to try to address the issue of range, which along with price, is still seen as a reason for why demand for electric vehicles has been subdued so far.

“There’s a lot of momentum, activity will be high,” Ionity Chief Executive Michael Hajesch told reporters on Wednesday. “The expansion plans are currently being prepared.”

This could include more and bigger charging stations along highways but also busy roads leading in and out of larger metropolitan areas where demand for charging infrastructure is highest, Hajesch said.

He said that competition in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure space, where players range from oil majors and engineering conglomerates to utilities and carmakers, would increase further in coming years.

Earlier this year, Shell acquired U.S.-based Greenlots, following its acquisition of NewMotion in 2017, which has established the oil group as one of the largest players in the field.

The International Energy Agency estimates that the number of electric cars on the road will increase to 125 million by 2030. There were almost 3 million private chargers at homes and workplaces and about 430,000 public chargers in 2017, according to IEA estimates.