VW CEO criticises Ionity’s fast-charging station
VW’s chief executive, Herbert Diess, was on holiday in Brenero, Italy, driving an ID.3 and when he had to charge his electric car at an Ionity fast-charging station, he was not at all happy.
At first he said that in Brenero there are only four stations and everyone prefers the one in the mall. So he went to Ionity’s charging station in Trent, but the station had neither a cafeteria nor even a toilet, while a fast charger was out of service.
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Diess added that what he experienced is far from a top-notch charging experience that Ionity promises. It is worth noting that VW owns 20% of Ionity. The rest is owned by Ford, Daimler, BMW and Hyundai.
IONITY is a network of high-power charging stations for electric vehicles to facilitate long-distance operations across Europe. It is a consortium founded by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, but other car manufacturers are invited to help expand the network. Also, in November 2020 Hyundai Motor Group joined IONITY as the 5th shareholder.