In order to make electromobility suitable for the long haul as well, the company IONITY, co-founded by Volkswagen, is currently setting up a Europe-wide network of fast-charging stations, so-called HPC (High Power Charging) stations, which offer a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. By 2020, 400 stations are to be built throughout Europe, each with two to twelve charging stations, the majority of which will be located directly at motorway service stations. IONITY has already gained partners in 19 countries and is constantly working on expanding its product range. The stations make it possible to charge the ID. Family starting in 2020 with up to 125 kW, with which the battery can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes during a typical motorway break. This corresponds to a range of 150 to 260 kilometers, depending on the driving style.
With each of these initiatives, Volkswagen is pursuing the same goal: making charging easy, anytime, anywhere. Soon, e-car users will no longer have to think about the accessibility of the next charging station or the range of their vehicle. In this way, Volkswagen is making e-cars suitable for everyday use in a wide variety of scenarios, bringing electric mobility out of its niche and making it the real mass technology of the future.