Ionity charging stations: how to use the fastest chargers in the UK!

From Electrifying.

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If you have an electric car and happen to be out and about on the UK’s bigger roads, you may well have noticed Ionity charging stations. Thanks to their distinctive purple LED halos and big white cabinets, Ionity charging stations are usually found in larger motorway services around the country. There are currently 18 live UK locations, including Alnwick, Baldock, Beaconsfield, Cambridge, Chippenham, Cullompton, Gretna Green, Leeds Skelton Lake, Maidstone and Milton Keynes, as well as Channel Gateway, Cobham, Cringleford, Peterborough, Perth and Polmadie.

Ionity is actually a joint venture between a load of car manufacturers: BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, and VW Group – including Audi and Porsche – that is aiming to provide big power charging across Europe. Although any car make can use them. 

If you’re new to Ionity, you’ll notice something a bit different. Unlike almost all other rapid chargers, Ionity units don’t accept contactless payment. There are currently five ways to pay: An RFID card from a manufacturer, through the app, through the QR code on the station, or through Shell Recharge or Octopus Electric Juice.

As far as power outputs Ionity has chargers capable of supplying a max of 350kw. If you’re lucky enough to have a car with an 800volt charging system like a Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Porsche Taycan or Audi GT – you could see 10-80% in under 20 minutes. But any vehicle can use them – they just won’t make the best use of the power going in, and will be limited to your car’s maximum charging speed. It’s good to know what that is, by the way, so you can try and make sure you always use the appropriate charger.

Join Tom as he steers us through a charging session with an Ionity charger. Learn how to connect, make a payment and discover how long it will take to charge your car. Are you a fan of Ionity’s charging stations? Let us know in the comments below.


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