Extra MSA Group has partnered with Europe's leading high-power charging network IONITY to launch a complete network of high-power charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), now available at all Extra MSA Group motorway service areas (MSAs) across the country. The installations are a welcome step towards creating a fully-connected network fit for the future of EV usage, helping ensure that customers can access reliable, ultra-fast charging points and undertake long-distance journeys with increased ease as the country transitions to more environmentally-friendly vehicles and modes of transport.
IONITY is continuing to increase the number of high-powered electric vehicle charging points across Extra MSA Group's MSAs and is on track to deliver six high-powered chargers at each site ahead of the Government's 2023 target. The new IONITY charging stations at Extra MSA Group's MSAs are among the highest-power facilities available on the motorway network in England, geographically spread from Cullompton in the South, to Leeds Skelton Lake in the North. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles and Fleets 2022-2032.
IONITY in conjunction with Extra MSA Group has already installed 38 charging points with a high-speed charging capacity of up to 350kW across all eight of its MSA locations, with more to follow at existing and proposed new MSA developments.
In preparation for 2030 when the sale of new internal combustion engine cars/light vehicles will be prohibited, and in response to increasing electric vehicle uptake with more new fully-electric cars registered in the UK last year than in the previous five years combined, Extra MSA Group's connected EV charging network will help ensure customers can continue to undertake long distance journeys with full range confidence.
Andrew Long, CEO at Extra MSA Group, said: "Technology is rapidly advancing and Extra MSA Group is delighted to be embracing this, working in conjunction with IONITY which is successfully delivering some of the highest-powered charging stations on the motorway network. At Extra MSA Group, we are committed to providing all road users with a safe environment to take a break from their journeys, rest and refuel in high quality, comfortable facilities. Our work with IONITY further enhances these overall objectives."
Andreas Atkins, Country Manager UK & Ireland at IONITY, added: "IONITY's continued partnership with Extra MSA Group demonstrates our commitment to drive forward the transition to electric mobility. Our state-of-the-art high-power charging technology will enable drivers to travel hassle-free across the country and charge their EV in the time it takes them to enjoy a cup of coffee at the Extra facilities. Serving up to 350kW charging capacity, our chargers work rapidly using 100% renewable energy - making for not only emission-free but carbon neutral driving and the installation of these in a network that connects drivers right across the country will make for a future of reliable journeys and quick stops for sustainable vehicles."
Extra MSA Group and IONITY are leading the way to support UK drivers and wider environmental objectives through the transition to using more environmentally-friendly vehicles, prioritising sustainability on an increased scale. All electricity supplied is from 100% renewable sources to achieve high environmental standards, and all of Extra MSA Group's locations also have the capacity to increase the number of EV charging points as customer demand increases.
IONITY makes long distance travel with electric vehicles the new normal. The company builds and operates a high-power charging (HPC) network along Europe's highways, using state-of-the-art technology with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. By doing so drivers of current and future generations of electric vehicles - using the leading European charging standard CCS (Combined Charging System) - benefit from maximum charging speeds while taking a break on their journey. Every IONITY charging station consists of an average of four charging points. As a commitment to sustainability, all IONITY chargers deliver 100% renewable energy for both emission-free and carbon neutral driving. IONITY was founded in 2017 and is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. Over 100 employees are shaping the future of e-Mobility at IONITY. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway. IONITY is an internationally registered trademark.
Source and top image: Social Communications