IONITY, Europe’s leading high-power charging network – open to drivers of all electric vehicle brands, and present in 24 countries – today announces a combined €700 million investment from its current shareholders and new partner the BlackRock Global Renewable Power platform. This investment will drive IONITY’s growth and network expansion plans across Europe, while improving the customer charging experience.
It will enable IONITY to increase the number of high-power 350kW charging points – by more than four times – to 7,000 by 2025. The new charging points will be situated not only on motorways, but also near major cities and along busy trunk roads. Future locations will be built with a higher average of six to twelve charging points. Furthermore, existing sites along routes with high charging demand will be upgraded with additional charging points. These measures will enhance the customers’ charging experience and make sure that the IONITY network is prepared for the increasing demand for electric vehicle charging.
Solution for rapidly increasing electrification
The electrification of the mobility sector is crucial to achieve increasingly urgent net zero targets. Since most fossil fuel-powered cars are to be replaced by electric vehicles in the next ten years in line with EU legislation, a massive expansion of charging infrastructure that is powered by 100% renewable energy is essential. Since 2017, IONITY has taken a leading role in this rapid transformation. The company now operates more than 1,500 charging points along European motorways in 24 countries.
IONITY was founded to play a significant role in shaping the future of mobility. BlackRock is the first company from outside the automotive sector to be a shareholder in this joint venture through its Global Renewable Power platform. The BlackRock Global Renewable Power platform has invested directly in over 300 projects globally, including onshore wind, offshore wind, and solar photovoltaic projects.
Current shareholders and new investor send strong signal
“The entry of BlackRock as a shareholder and the commitment of our current shareholders underline IONITY’s attractiveness for investors and confirm the strength of our strategy. The trust and investment of all shareholders will accelerate IONITY’s growth, the expansion of our high-power charging network across Europe and more broadly, the decarbonisation of the mobility sector” commented Dr Michael Hajesch, CEO of IONITY.
David Giordano, Global Head of Renewable Power at BlackRock commented: “Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is vital to achieve a net zero future. IONITY is one of Europe’s leading EV charging networks, bringing together auto industry pioneers to create a seamless experience for emission-free driving across Europe. We are delighted to be supporting their growth ambition and providing our clients with access to an innovative company that is powering the clean energy transition.”
As part of the network expansion, IONITY plans to increasingly acquire its own properties and depending on the location, build and operate its own service stations. Furthermore, the company will take customer experience to a new level with its ‘Oasis’ concept.
“Our ‘Oasis’ concept shows what the charging experience of the future will look like. Whether it is covered charging stations or charging parks alongside cafés, restaurants, and shops, we want to offer our customers a more convenient and comfortable charging experience in the future,” said Dr Marcus Groll, COO at IONITY.
IONITY network roll out in numbers:
- 700 million euros investment by 2025
- From 400 to more than 1,000 locations along high traffic corridors in Europe
- Increase by more than four times from approximately 1,500 to 7,000 charging points
- New HPC stations with 6-12 charging points
- Expansion of existing locations depending on demand dynamics
- New station concept ‘Oasis’ for more convenience and better charging experience For additional information please visit ionity2025.eu