Ionity opens its 100th station and moves to tariffs per kWh!

Ionity has just opened its 100th (or rather 102nd) fast charging station in France, in St. Witz at 95, next to Roissy airport. An opportunity to evaluate the Ionity offer and the future of the consortium with a certain number of vehicles from partner manufacturers.

A quick reminder of a few key figures: Ionity is positioned as a leader in ultra-fast charging on highways with presence in 24 countries, currently 414 stations and 1700 terminals in Europe. Since 2008, the stations have been calibrated to a maximum output of 350 kW, using only renewable energy. David Minyan, COO, reminded us that Ionity’s average charge time is 15 to 30 minutes, allowing for over 413 million kilometers, or, poetically, 538 Earth-to-Moon return trips. We were then reminded that the maximum charge power allowed for cars in 2008 was between 120 and 150kW, while today 350kW is sufficient, as current cars are typically limited to 250kW. It was then recalled that EV users may prioritize quality of service over close proximity to their driving routes; thus the most used station in France and one of the most used in Europe is connected to Leclerc in the Metz area. The local partners then offer their additional services, like here at the Novotel in St. Witz.

Brieuc de Tonquedec, France Deployment Manager, told us that this 100th terminal in St. Witz is actually the 102nd in operation and there are currently 7 stations under construction; how to note the intensive development of internal infrastructure! Then the terminals will allow to restore up to 300 km of autonomy in 20 minutes.

More than 7,000 terminals in Europe by 2025

An additional €700 million investment from Ionity partners will enable 1,000 charging stations for 7,000 terminals in Europe and more than 180 stations in France by 2025. In three years the infrastructure has doubled. Ionity is aiming for bigger stations, more terminals and thus adapting to the growing demand for fast charging of electric vehicles. An average of 12 terminals per station is planned (to go from 6 to 12 terminals will only take 2 weeks per station). concept of something flagship then curtains, photovoltaic panels, premium services including tables/chairs and WIFI are considered.

Stations are better equipped and more attached to highways

Despite everything, Ionity reminded us that the lack of roofs on its stations was at the heart of the speed at which they were installed… ie. one month for a declaration of work, six to fifteen for a network connection, citing the procedural responsiveness and quality of the Enedis network and efficient exchanges with public services and municipalities.

The goal is to consolidate the presence of terminals on highways, and also (and above all?) extend them to secondary axes and move closer to agglomerations.

Stations are more secure and closer to city centers, we feel that Ionity is taking a closer look at its younger competitors. And even changing the pricing method!

Ionity is moving to tariffs per kWh!

Ionity no longer pays by the minute. At the beginning of July will now be per kWh. Thanks to the renewal of the terminals and the installation of DC meters, the French terminals will no longer be an exception. Count €0.39 per kWh for a few typical 50 kW terminals and €0.69 per kWh for 350 kW terminals for non-subscription tariffs (referring to 15% of users).

In the simulation, we were told that the Hyundai Kona Electric loses between 40 and 36 euros at 10 to 80% load. In this case, the rate is considered more fair for direct credit card payment purposes. Ionity then saves the cost of energy losses (transformer, terminal heating, etc.). It should be noted that Ionity does not charge any additional fees for occupying charging seats … after it is completed, as seen, in particular, with Tesla.