Tesla Supercharger rival IONITY network opens its first 10 charging stations



Since the automobile industry starts embracing electric cars, and as firms such as Tesla continue to demonstrate the EVs are a viable alternative to transport, some of the auto industry’s most prominent players are starting to set the foundations for an fleet. Among these initiatives is the IONITY network, an ultra-fast charging system built to be a rival to Tesla’s ever-growing Supercharger network.

IONITY is the product of a cooperation in the Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, Daimler AG, and Ford Motor Company. The system is intended to support charging rates of around 350 kW, which makes it superior to Tesla’s Superchargers, that top at ~120 kW in their current iteration. For now, however, only the Porsche Taycan, that is expected be published sometime next season, is designed to support the IONITY network’s 350 kW output.

IONITY intends to start 400 ultra-fast charger stations across Europe’s traveled highways by 2020. Just recently, the first 10 of these IONITY chargers have been opened, and the other 16 are being assembled . IONITY has allegedly revealed that electric car owners could be charged not. 

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The spread of IONITY’s ultra-fast chargers comes as Porsche prepares to build its own network of committed charging solutions for the Taycan and its forthcoming electric cars such as the Mission E Cross Turismo. Earlier this month, Porsche took the wraps off its Electric Pit Stop charging system theory, which utilizes a clever system involving FlexBoxes to make a clean, seamless charging solution for car owners.

Porsche notes that the FlexBoxes are modular, more durable, and are outfitted with the necessary components of a charging rack. The German automaker outlined its ChargeBox concept, which is equipped with a battery pack. This type of system would appeal to electric automobile owners who reside in areas without grid connections that are medium-voltage.

Porsche’s Electric PIt Stop charging system. [Credit: Porsche]

The Growth of the IONITY community and Porsche’s Electric Pit Stops comes at a time when Tesla can be growing its Supercharger V3. Within an upgrade May, Elon Musk noticed that Tesla’s next-generation Superchargers would be unveiled shortly. The precise specs of those chargers have never been revealed by the company although some details concerning the system were discussed throughout Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call.

1 thing that has been mentioned by CEO Elon Musk and CTO JB Straubelis that Tesla’s Supercharger V3 will not be a 350 kW charger. Musk explained as it could compromise the cars ’ batteries that 350 kW does not really earn a whole lot of practical sense. Thus, Musk noticed that Supercharger V3 would likely have an output of around 200-250 kW.

“We’re going to be improving our Supercharger’s technology. The great thing about a 350 kW charger is that it doesn’t really earn a ton of sense, unless you have a monster battery pack or have like a C score. We think 350 kW for a single automobile; you’re gonna should you do so frag the battery pack. You can’t charge a battery pack at the rate, unless it’s a really higher kW battery pack. So, (for us), something along the couple of hundred, 200-250 kW, maybe,” he said. 

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