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Ionity build hundreds of fast charging stations for electric cars

Leading car makers are joining in Europe to expand the use of electric vehicles. BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group established a joint venture called Ionity with the same amount of shareholding to run a fast-charging stations project for electric vehicles.

Tinuku Ionity build hundreds of fast charging stations for electric cars

A group of large car makers plan to build hundreds of fast charging stations for electric cars in Europe in the coming years and use plug technology which they hope will be a major step toward the mass-usage of battery-powered vehicles.

Ionity is a pan-European fast charging network announced last year where BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group share the same amount. They said on Friday it will open the first 20 stations this year in Germany, Austria and Norway at a distance of 120 kilometers (75 miles).

The joint venture plans to expand the network to more than 100 stations next year and has about 400 stations in Europe by 2020. The company said other automotive manufacturers will be invited to participate in expanding the network.

Construction of the infrastructure to facilitate electric cars to travel long distances. Electric cars should take several hours to charge the battery using a 7-kilowatt-hour home plug, while Ionity network stations have charging capacity of up to 350 kilowatts per hour.

The BMW i3 takes 30 minutes for a maximum load of 50 kilowatts per hour, but at 350 kilowatts per hour in theory the timing can be cut to under 10 minutes. Users charge the battery at the same time to drink a cup of coffee at the charging station.

Automakers spend billions of dollars to develop electric cars in response to increasingly stringent air and carbon dioxide constraints by European countries. Ionity will be headquartered in Munich and has 50 employees by early 2018.

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