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Automotive joint venture IONITY introduces next-gen power charger for fast e-mobility adoption


IONITY, a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Porsche, is on a mission to make pan-European electromobility a reality.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, it presented its innovative and new High-Power charger. It also announced that the Hyundai Motor Group joined the alliance as a shareholder.

IONITY’s High-Power chargers are instantly recognisable thanks to their lighting concept and deliver a significantly improved user experience compared to what is currently available in Europe. The innovative styling is the result of intensive user research carried out by Designworks and is intended to make the charging experience more comfortable, more secure and less hassle.

At 2.6 metres in height, the all-new IONITY High-Power charger
features a unique multi-functional LED light ring – The Halo – acting as
a beacon on the highways at night and making it easier for drivers to
find stations on forecourts.

The light ring communicates the chargers availability depending on the
colour as well as providing a well-lit area helpful for drivers charging
their cars during the hours of darkness. It communicates the state of
charge by changing colour. As well as its distinct LED beacon, the new
IONITY High-Power charger features advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) screens, making the process of charging a vehicle as simple and stress-free as possible. Information is presented to the customer in a structured menu, which is easy to understand with commonality across all European markets. The IONITY HPC chargers which have already been installed across Europe will be updated accordingly in order to be able to incorporate the same menu.

Customers can select from up to ten languages across Europe. This is supported by a 24/7 hotline which from October will be able to respond in the seven most-frequently used European languages.

“We are confident our new IONITY High-Power chargers will make a significant contribution to e-mobility in general and to the European IONITY HPC network in particular. Forward-looking product design with innovative lighting solutions, user-friendly cable management, advanced digital user interface and class-leading architecture will make EV charging more convenient and safer for customers,” said Michael Hajesch, IONITY’s CEO.

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