Ionity has now reached its target of 400 charging parks in Europe. The Goal was originally planned for the end of 2020. The Company was able to achieve the Goal with a delay of around a year. According to Ionity’s website, 401 sites are now in operation.
The fast-charging joint venture launched its first German HPC site at the Brohltal Ost service area on the A61 motorway in Rhineland-Palatinate in April 2018. In the same year, Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch promised the aforementioned 400 charging parks by the end of 2020.
In summer 2019, the company reached the mark of 100 charging parks in Europe. Even then, it was necessary to open a new charging park every second day in order to reach the target by the end of 2020.
Contributing to the delay have been not only lengthy approval processes and site acquisitions but also the Covid19 pandemic with its contact restrictions and the semiconductor crisis.
The 400 charging parks were only the announced first phase of expansion. At the end of November, the second phase was announced until the end of 2025: Then the network is to be expanded to 1,000 locations with a total of 7,000 charging points.