Automakers across Europe are banding together to launch a continent-wide electric vehicle charging network. Ionity is a joint venture between Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler and BMW as well as European convenience stores Tank & Rast, OMV and Circle K. The plan is to open 400 high powered charging stations across Europe by 2020. This would make long-distance travel with electric vehicles a real possibility.
So far there are plans for 20 stations by the end of the year, to be located at 75-mile intervals. 100 more will be added to the electric vehicle charging network in 2018. This move brings Ionity into competition with Tesla and its Supercharger Network, which currently has 350 operational stations in Europe.