Ionity and Tank & Rast have this week together with Volkswagen Saxony, the first so-called HPC charging stations on the highway in Saxony in operation. The location at the Dresdner Tor Nord and Süd motorway interstates (A4) is the region's first so-called "high-power charging" fast-charging park.
Like all Ionity HPC charging stations, the refueling and service stations at Dresdner Tor North and South each have four charging points with technology that is compatible with the European Charging Standard Combined Charging System (CCS). The charging points are rated up to 350 kW and, depending on the model and technology, allow significantly shorter charging times than other systems.
"The two charging parks of Ionity are enormously important, as they also increase the visibility of charging options on motorways", says Reinhard de Vries, Managing Director of Technology and Logistics at Volkswagen Sachsen. "Our vehicle plant in Zwickau will be Europe's most important location for the new drive technology. In addition to affordable E-models with a good range, the development of the charging infrastructure is a crucial factor in deciding on an electric car. The loading parks at the service stations Dresdner Tor North and South are a visible sign that things are progressing here. "
The Volkswagen Group is co-founder of Ionity, a joint venture of BMW, Daimler, Ford and Audi and Porsche. Ionity plans to expand its fast-charging network by 2020 to up to 400 locations. Subsequently, more fast charging stations are planned, including in cities.
In addition to Ionity, Tank & Rast is also driving the expansion of a nationwide charging infrastructure. The group claims to have several hundred fast charging stations across the largest contiguous fast-charging network in Germany. This is to be gradually compacted with supplementary and more powerful charging stations. Together with Ionity, Tank & Rast plans to supplement its existing network of fast charging stations at around 80 locations with fast charging stations with up to 350 kW.