Ionity has opened its second fast charging station in the UK, capable of recharging the Audi e-tron from empty to 80% in just 30 minutes.
Being the first series production electric vehicle to be rechargeable at up to 150 kW, the Audi e-tron is perfectly placed to reap the rewards offered by Ionity’s latest high power fast charging station in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which opened on Thursday 18 July 2019.
The new site at the Milton Keynes Coachway, located just off junction 14 of the M1 motorway and close to the headquarters of Audi in the UK, is equipped with four high power 350kW chargers which can replenish the e-tron using renewable energy to 80% of its battery capacity from a full drain in around 30 minutes, and charge it fully in around 50 minutes.
By 2020 the Ionity joint venture, which unites Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group, aims to have 400 convenient High-Power Charging (HPC) sites on stream across Europe offering a combined total of up to 2,400 chargers. The network has been designed to facilitate pan-European travel, with a focus on ultra-fast charging times and convenient motorway locations.
With its maximum 350kW charger outputs Ionity’s UK network is future-proofed, meaning that as EV battery technology becomes ever more sophisticated charging times of as little as 8 minutes at these stations will increasingly become the norm, making the case for foregoing fossil fuel even more compelling.
Every charge point in the network is also provided with 100% renewable energy by Ionity partner Octopus Energy’s ‘Electric Juice’, greatly reducing the environmental impact of every journey ‘fuelled’ by one of the stations.
Ionity will open more stations in Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway later this year as part of the organisation’s plan to establish a nationwide network of 40 sites.
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