The partnership is to establish a network of high-power chargers throughout Europe
BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group along with Audi & Porsche have teamed up to form, IONITY, whose mission is to create a network of high-power chargers (HPC) across Europe to enable long-distance e-mobility. IONITY and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“Couche-Tard”), through its Circle K network of stores in Europe, have partnered with the aim to make the European network come true, empowering customers gain access to hundreds of HPC charge-points within the Circle K network.
Jacob Schram, Circle K Europe, Group President, said “We are proud and excited to partner up with IONITY in creating the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The initiative underscores Circle K’s commitment to being a part of mobility solutions in our core markets. We want to make it easy for our customers to take part in the technology advancements allowing fast charging for long-distance electric mobility for the first time. This will be a new part of our offer in these European BEV-markets. At Couche-Tard we believe that this opportunity allows us as a company to evaluate and learn from this new venture.”
An estimated 400 HPC stations will comprise IONITY´s network to allow long-distance travel in Europe across multiple countries, with Circle K and IONITY initially rolling out 60 together. An average six high-power charging points will be available at each site.
CEO of IONITY, Michael Hajesch, said “The extensive Circle K network of stations provides excellent locations, and they already have good experience in providing electrical charging. Our companies have a common goal in providing fast, innovative and comfortable charging solutions for our customers.”
The network will enable cars with suitable technology to significantly reduce charging time, with power levels up to 350 kW and will support existing and next generation electrical vehicles based on the CCS system.
To enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares is the goal, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers so far. PWKD10112017