Charging provider Ionity is now able to offer Plug&Charge functionality at all of its charging stations in Europe. After an initially gradual introduction in the past months, the Munich-based company says that Plug&Charge is now available at all 371 Ionity locations currently in Europe.
Plug & Charge has already been available at Ionity charging stations in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Since the beginning of 2021, the function has been established in twelve other countries in Europe. The significant infrastructure development has gone largely unnoticed because so far, too few vehicles have Plug&Charge connections.
The Porsche Taycan was the first compatible vehicle with Plug&Charge ability since October 2020 but recently, the Ford Mach E and the Mercedes EQS have also come to market with Plug&Charge functionality.
The large-volume models are still missing from this picture, but VW, for example, says that it sees Plug&Charge as an essential convenience feature and will introduce the technology to other vehicles in the coming year without revealing further details.
Ionity says that although the new charging process with Plug&Charge is very simple and easy to use for drivers, it was a very complicated process getting it up and out across the network. “Getting the communication chains up and running was a major challenge. It was necessary to develop Plug & Charge as an entire ecosystem,” explains Dr Susanne Koblitz, Head of Charging Technology at Ionity.
“Together with relevant players in the industry, we implemented a standardized system that enables all partners to authenticate each other, allowing the electric vehicle and the charging station to communicate while ensuring confidentiality, data integrity and authenticity.”