The fast charger design is being manufactured by Tritium, with the first Ionity station to feature the new High-Power charger opening in Denmark this autumn, powered by renewable energy.
Ionity is a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and VW, but has now added Hyundai as a shareholder.
Intensive user research carried out by Designworks highlighted that chargers need to make the charging experience more comfortable, more secure and less hassle. The charger is 2.6m high with a 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.
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) has also been improved. Information is presented to the customer in a structured menu, which is easy to understand with commonality across all European markets. The chargers which have already been installed across Europe will be updated accordingly in order to be able to incorporate the same menu and 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.
The charging cable management system has been repositioned so that the cable feeds from above to make it easier to use.
“We are confident our new Ionity HighPower chargers will make a significant contribution to e-mobility in general and to the European Ionity HPC network in particular,” said Michael Hajesch, CEO of Ionity. “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.”
“These are true state-of-theart chargers, which will change the very look and feel of highways across the continent. When people see these bright beacons shining in the distance, they’ll know that they get served in a most convenient, safe and fastest rate possible,” said Tritium CEO and co-founder, David Finn.
The initial network of 400 charging stations is planned to be deployed by the end of 2020 across 24 European countries, and will include many of the new fast charger units. Approximately 140 stations are currently up and running with over 50 under construction.
“Our participation in this joint venture reaffirms the Group’s commitment to future electromobility,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor. “I am confident that our work with Ionity will open a new era of High-Power charging experiences, where charging will be seamless and easier than refueling for our customers.