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.”