The countries of the EU have agreed on reducing CO2 emissions in new vehicles by about 37 percent between 2021 and 2030. These new requirements can only be met through an accelerated expansion of electric mobility. IONITY is currently developing a network of quick charging facilities and will play an important role in putting in place the future charging infrastructure.
So, Michael, how is the work to develop the quick charging network progressing?
IONITY began work a year ago – and we’re well on schedule. Our aim is to put in place 400 charging centers along main traffic routes in Europe. For 90 percent of the planned sites, we’ve already concluded contracts with partners. More than 30 charging centers with on average six charging stations are already operating and a further 50 or so are under construction. And we’ve come a long way on the procurement side too – when purchasing the hardware for example.
Is progress being made at the same speed in all countries?
To date, we have charging centers in six European countries – Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland. Italy, Belgium and Great Britain will follow soon. However, since the legal situation and the approval processes are different in every country, we’re working at different speeds. It’s like when you build prefabricated houses: the building is the same everywhere. But the ground, the legal conditions and the local challenges differ.
“We open a new charging center nearly every day”
Volkswagen is pressing ahead with its electric offensive. The ID. family, a new generation of electric vehicles, will be launched next year. IONITY from Munich will play an important role in putting in place the charging infrastructure. The GmbH is a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen. We talked to Michael Hajesch, CEO at IONITY.