Herbert Diess from Volkswagen criticizes IONITY Charging Experience
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess responded to a LinkedIn post and shared his not-too-good charging experience on the IONITY fast-charging network in Europe.
You may remember that IONITY was founded by the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group through Porsche AG, and later the Hyundai Motor Group was added.
By 2020, the network is to include 400 stations with around 2,400 individual DC fast chargers (350 kW). In the summer of 2021, however, there will still be around 360 stations, the remaining 40 are under construction.
It’s not just the size of the network that is lagging behind; Herbert Diess points out that the stations lack in other areas, including reliability and Toilets.
“But: Too few charging points on the burner! Only 4 – of course, they all stop at the mall. Occupied. So on to Trento. Even after the criticism last year: no toilet, no coffee, a column out of order / defective, sad matter. That is anything but a premium charging experience, IONITY! “ – via google translate
That should explain why the Volkswagen Group is investing heavily in fast charging infrastructure in Europe with other partners such as BP or recently with Enel X (Italy).
It seems that the IONITY network is currently at a crossroads as it needs to secure more investment from the founders to improve and expand it. But will they be willing to invest or will they just look elsewhere for opportunities?
Information about the IONITY network:
- currently about 360 stations installed (1,460 chargers)
- approx. 40 stations under construction
- Target by the end of 2020: 400 stations (2,400 DC fast chargers, an average of six per station)
- up to 350 kW at up to approx. 800 V.
- CCS Combo 2 connection only