IONITY Opens First 10 Fast-Charging Stations

IONITY has opened its first 10 fast-charging stations in Europe. Tesla, with a five year Supercharger head start, now has 1,344 of its Supercharger stations, with 11,041 individual charging stations, open worldwide.

IONITY is a planned network of fast-charging stations planned by five of the world's biggest automakers - BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. They've been moving fast; I just wrote about them last year (see Ionity Ultra-fast Charging Station Network).


(IONITY charging experience in Europe)

John Jacob Astor IV gave an intriguing look ahead at the future of electric cars in A Journey in Other Worlds (1894) by describing wonderful "electric Phaetons" that could roam everywhere. Even then, it was apparent that some means of keeping them charged would be needed.

"To recharge the batteries, which can be done in almost every town and village, two copper pins attached to insulated copper wires are shoved into smooth-bored holes..."
(Read more about Astor's electric car recharging station)

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