Kia Motors invests in IONITY to democratise high-power EV charging network

Kia Motors, alongside Hyundai Motor Company, has announced its investment into IONITY, a joint venture established by global automakers. Under the agreement, Kia and Hyundai will play a key role in further enhancing the availability of EV charging stations with additional convenience benefits for its customers.

Starting in 2021, Kia and Hyundai EVs will be equipped with 800 volt charging systems to accommodate IONITY’s maximum charging power of 350 kilowatts. Customers will be able to use IONITY’s high performance computing facilities, which are equipped with digital payment options, to significantly reduce charging times and better facilitate long-distance travel.

IONITY is a joint venture established in 2017 between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG. Since its formation, 140 charging stations in Europe have been built with 50 more under construction. The technology of IONITY has a charging capacity of up to 350 kilowatts and its use of the Combined Charging System ensures the widest possible compatibility across EVs.

IONITY is expanding its network to 400 fast-charging stations by 2020, with at least one site every 120 kilometres along major European highways. Its European distribution and brand-agnostic approach will significantly improve the image and accessibility of electric vehicles for both current EV users and prospective buyers.