New electric car charging stations ‘capable of charging times as low as 8 minutes’

Credit: Luke John Smith – www.express.co.uk – 24 May 2019

New rapid fast chargers have launced in the UK which allows drivers to recharge their car in just 20-minues and will allow charges in as little as eight minutes in future.

A number of rapid electric car charging stations are coming to the UK and the first few of them have been opened today. Today four 350kW High Power chargers have been launched in Maidstone (M20 Junction 8) and new stations will be opened in Milton Keynes and Gretna Green. These points have been developed by IONITY, which is a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, which aims to increase electric car feasibility.

Michael Hajesch, CEO, IONITY said, “We are delighted to be launching our network in the UK with our first station in Maidstone.  As car manufacturers continue to launch electric vehicles with bigger batteries to provide a longer range, High Power charging is an essential part of the e-mobility transition process thus making the e-journey a smooth and seamless experience.  We are passionate about making e-mobility a reality, with drivers already taking advantage of our convenient stations across Europe.  We selected Octopus Energy to provide 100% renewable energy for our network of 40 High Power Charging stations in the UK.  Coupled with the new charging times that 350 kW makes possible, this represents an important step towards making the environmentally friendly long-distance journey an everyday reality.”

The company is aiming to install a total of 2,400 chargers installed by 2020, many of which will be equipped with these rapid chargers.  Currently, rapid chargers are around 50kW on the roads in Britain with some such as the Tesla Supercharger achieving higher rates.

Ultra-fast charging is deemed essential by some as it allows them to be recharged in similar times to petrol and diesel take to refuel.

Faster charge times will also aid motorists making long distance journeys and allow more charges to be completed in a day.

The 350kW network will allow the car to be charged in less than 20 minutes and it claims that the ‘charging network is future-proofed, delivering infrastructure capable of charging times as low as 8 minutes depending on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery.’

A partnership between IONITY and  Octopus Energy has been stuck to see the network be powered by renewable sources.

Zoisa Walton, Director, Octopus Energy for Business, said: “We are committed to bringing a fundamental change to the UK’s EV landscape.  By improving the affordability, practicality, convenience and green credentials of e-mobility options, IONITY and Octopus Energy are making EV ownership more accessible.  Both companies are intent on providing for the future, with forward-thinking plans and technology – pushing boundaries to deliver the fastest, cleanest, most affordable charging power on the market.”

Andrew Edwards, MFG’s group infrastructure director, said: “We are delighted to be extending our fuel offer to customers.  The growth of the electric and hybrid vehicle market is an important part of the fuel mix going forward. MFG is determined to be at the forefront of this technology, satisfying this growing demand.  The installation of these high-power chargers using renewable energy at Maidstone adds even greater momentum to the growing uptake of EV vehicles.”