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Ionity selects ABB for second phase of European charging network expansion

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ABB has received an order for 324 high-power 350 kW electric vehicle (EV) chargers from Ionity. The chargers are to be rolled out in 24 countries by the end of 2020 as part of the second phase of its network expansion.

ABB was already commissioned in 2018 as a technology partner to deliver 340 high-power chargers to Ionity and was the first to market in Europe with 350 kW chargers featuring liquid cooled cables. A high power level can enable a charging speed of 200 km in as little as 8 minutes.

Ionity, a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, as well as the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, has opened 202 charging sites across 18 European markets to date.

The company recently celebrated the launch of its 200th charging station in Lully, Switzerland which includes ABB’s chargers.

The customised chargers being supplied by ABB are the company’s slimmest design to date and align with Ionity’s design needs. Other improved design features include quieter operation, a bespoke display and longer cables with integrated cable management retraction. This can make it easier to reach the charging port in cars and helps ensure cables are kept off the ground and therefore dirt free for users.

Ionity aims to make long distance European travel as feasible for electric vehicles as for fossil-fuelled vehicles and this latest deal marks another step towards that goal.

Plug-in vehicle sales in Europe reached 408 000 units in 2018, 33% higher y/y, with predictions that Europe will pull ahead of the US as the number two EV market in the 2020s.

ABB has currently sold more than 13 000 DC fast chargers across over 80 countries worldwide. The company recently received the Global E-mobility Leader 2019 award for its role in supporting the international adoption of sustainable transport solutions.

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