There are currently four Ionity 350kW electric car charging stations in the UK, the latest at the recently constructed Leeds Skelton Lake services on the M1. This comes less than a year since Ionity opened its first charging station in Maidstone, Kent.
The company promises to open a further seven UK sites in 2020, with up to 2,400 charging points planned for Europe by the end of the year. Use of the 350kW chargers offers hassle-free pan-European travel, with around 100km (62 miles) of range available in just eight minutes, depending on the vehicle.
What is Ionity?
Ionity is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, with its ultra-rapid chargers situated close to major European roads. The plan is to install a charging station every 100 miles along the motorways and A-roads of Europe.
Although the UK provision is fairly small, Ionity says it will create 40 charging stations in total.
Where are the UK’s Ionity charging stations?
There are currently four 350kW Ionity charging stations in the UK:
- Gretna Green
- Milton Keynes
Ionity will also build 350kW charging stations in the following locations:
Which cars can use a 350kW charger?
The installation of 350kW chargers shows the electric car industry planning for the future. Right now, it isn’t possible to buy a car that can handle the maximum charging speeds offered by Ionity.
However, all is not lost, because provided your car is equipped with a Combined Charging System (CCS) connector, it can use an Ionity charger. The charging point will automatically optimise its speed to the maximum the car can handle.
For example, the Porsche Taycan offers 225kW, while the Audi E-tron SUV can handle 150kW. Other electric cars like the BMW i3, Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I-Pace can also use the Ionity network, albeit without the benefits associated with a 350kW charge.