Just 20 before year end, 400 by 2020, and thousand’s well into the future. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Nov. 3, 2017 Ionity – Pan-European Level3 CCS Charging Network IONITY, based in Munich, Germany, will implement and operate about 400 CCS fast charging stations across Europe by 2020 with 20 scheduled for operation across multiple European countries before year end. BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW created a joint venture called IONITY that will install a High-Power Charging (HPC) Level3 network for electric vehicles across Europe. This is a far cry from the approximately 10,000 Level3 Super Chargers Tesla has already installed worldwide The Group is scheduled to install 400 HPC stations by 2020 making long-distance all-electric travel a reality. Well, sort of anyway? A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of approximately 75 miles, through partnerships with “Tank & Rast”, “Circle K” and “OMV”. Through 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously. With a capacity of up to 350 kW per charging point, the network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The brand-agnostic approach and Europe-wide distribution is expected to help make electrified vehicles more appealing. Currently only a few BEVs can be charged at 100kW with Tesla Model S’s at 120 kW. Choosing the best locations takes into account potential integration with existing charging technologies and IONITY is negotiating with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those supported by the participating companies as well as political institutions. The investment underlines the commitment that the participating manufacturers are making in electric vehicles and relies on international co-operation across the industry. The founding partners, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group, have equal shares in the joint venture, while other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.