Tesla rumored as next IONITY partner to augment Supercharger network

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  1. simonalvarez0987

    simonalvarez0987 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2017


    Tesla already has a formidable network of Superchargers across several countries, but if recent reports are to be believed, the California-based company’s vehicles will soon be able to charge in the ultra-high-speed IONITY network in Europe as well.

    The report suggesting that Tesla is planning on becoming a partner of the IONITY network was first reported by Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a German news agency. According to the report, the American electric car maker, together with other car companies such as Volvo, Fiat-Chrysler, Jaguar-Land Rover, and PSA/Opel, as well as energy companies like France-based Engie, Italy-based Enel, and German-based E.On, are also in talks with IONITY.


    While the development of IONITY appears to be progressing well, CEO Michael Hajesch noted that there is still a lot to be done before the network can begin its full operations.

    “We always want the prime location right on the highway. If we do not occupy this position, there is a high risk that a competitor will occupy it. We are only 20 weeks old and still in the start-up phase. We need 400 permits for 400 different construction sites,” Hajesch said.  

    Despite the challenges, however, the IONITY CEO expressed his optimism, stating that at this point, the network must definitely succeed. Hajesch even went so far as to compare IONITY’s current state to a startup, in the way that things are moving at an incredibly rapid pace.

    “The dynamics are great, many things feel like a start-up. With one difference: failure is not an option,” the IONITY CEO said.

    If rumors prove true and Tesla is indeed in talks with IONITY, it would herald yet another breakthrough for the Elon Musk-led company. IONITY, after all, is designed to offer as much as 350 kW of power output when charging, which is significantly higher than the 120 kW output from Tesla’s Superchargers. Thus, by partnering with the European charging network, Tesla would be augmenting its Supercharger network. 

    For now, however, it is pertinent to take these reports with a grain of salt, as neither Tesla nor IONITY has issued a statement confirming these rumors.

    If there is one thing that would definitely be interesting, however, it would be the price that Tesla owners would be paying to use the IONITY network. Porsche’s deputy chairman of the executive board Lutz Meschke already stated that the price of charging in the ultra-high-speed network would be comparable to the cost of filling up with gasoline. This is opposite of Tesla’s business model for the Supercharger network, which is free for Model S and Model X owners.

    The IONITY network is being developed by the Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, Daimler AG, and Ford Motor Company.

    Article: Tesla rumored as next IONITY partner to augment Supercharger network
  2. jzlondon

    jzlondon New Member

    Jun 30, 2017
    Surely any car with a CCS port** can charge at Ionity stations? Whether Tesla are members of the consortium or not is not necessarily relevant to whether their cars can use the network. It would be more about Tesla participating commercially in operating it and setting strategic direction.

    **Which will presumably include Tesla vehicles at some point in the near future.
  3. J.Taylor

    J.Taylor Active Member

    Feb 13, 2017
    Well, it should be no surprise that the Fossil Fuel industry wants car drivers to pay big for their fuel. I'm betting that Elon keeps to his own business model and eventually leapfrogs this network with even higher speed chargers. Remember, Elon has never had a product that was simply a"gouging" plan to charge way more than the legitimate costs.
  4. Garlan Garner

    Garlan Garner New Member

    Jan 2, 2017
    This shows how inept Bloomberg is concerning numbers.   The 20K pertains to the cars Tesla sold in the US.....not the number of cars produced all-time.   Maybe they should retract this article.  
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  5. stephenpace

    stephenpace New Member

    Jul 5, 2017
    Houston, TX
    If true, this would be great news. Not only would we be getting a CCS adapter, but it would potentially confirm that newer cars (Series D and later batteries?) could charge at a higher rate than 120 kW. However, hopefully Tesla will push them for real-time availability so Tesla vehicles can display their status (online/offline, number of slots currently filled) in the map as the SuperChargers do. Anything less will lead to a suboptimal experience.
  6. ionity is also taking paid, they are saying between 50-80 euro for a full charge, same as gasoline, at least in Norway, with is totally fine with me, paying that money for a 3x times faster charge than Tesla, and we will also have supercharger network if we have 30-50min to spare on our trips

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