“Revolutionary” new EV charging technology unveiled

IONITY

IONITY, a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW Group and the Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG, has unveiled its next generation charger, which has been engineered, industrialised and manufactured by world-leading electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology specialists Tritium.

The unique design – unveiled at the IAA 2019 Motor Show in Frankfurt – features a distinctive Halo atop the charger unit, which will change the face of highways and charging areas across the continent. The luminating LED Halo emits enough light to remove the need for additional lighting around the charge site, while also providing a secure, welcoming experience for the recharging driver. Sitting atop a 2.6 metre (over 8.5 feet) tall unit, the charger will act as a beacon for drivers along highways across Europe.

Additionally, the unit features one of the most advanced human machine interface (HMI) screens available to EV drivers, offering seven languages, contactless pay options and a frictionless customer experience.

“We are confident our revolutionary next generation high power chargers will accelerate the breakthrough momentum of the expanding IONITY network,” IONITY CEO Michael Hajesch said.

“The new design, featuring innovative lighting solutions, an advanced digital user interface and a class-leading engineered architecture will make charging an EV even more convenient for drivers.

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The first site for the new charger is slated for Greve, Denmark, with the subsequent rollout of the Halo chargers to expand across Scandinavia, particularly in Norway.

The charger – conceived by IONITY and its partner Designworks – is the result of 18 months of research, engineering and testing from Tritium and a significant co-operative effort between the companies to keep to the original design as much as possible.

Form follows function

The next-gen IONITY chargers are capable of 350kW DC charging and can add 350km/220mi of range to an EV in 10 minutes.

IONITY recently signed deals with Tritium which ensures that Tritium’s chargers – a mix of the existing Veefil-PK installations and soon the next-gen Halo charger – will be installed at 220 of the planned 400 sites across Europe, with up to six chargers to be installed at each site.

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In all, IONITY’s network will establish 2400 charging points across Europe, enabling hassle-free pan-European EV travel. The 350kW charging network is future-proofed and ensures that e-mobility will be a convenient, reliable and everyday experience.

IONITY has teamed up with site partners across Europe ensuring that more than 90 per cent of the planned IONITY network has already been covered.