BMW, Ford, Mercedes and VAG stand up to Tesla with its network of superchargers IONITY
It seems more or less clear that the future of the automobile will be of some electric form. Or at least it should be if it were not for two pitfalls that hinder the progress of electric car. The first is price and the second is autonomy.
With the announcement by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen AG Group, via Audi and Porsche, creating a supercaragadores network European baptized IONITY, manufacturers aim to knock down these two pitfalls. And if the way recover the ground opened by Tesla, the better.
The four groups involved in the joint venture IONITY want to build 400 charging stations fast and powerful throughout Europe by 2020. The idea is not new and which has been implemented since its inception Tesla. But to think that these manufacturers do simply to rival Tesla would be a mistake. The network aims IONITY more, or at least be an important piece of the puzzle that involves convincing the public to buy electric cars.
Again, we return to 2020 as the year of electric cars. Almost all manufacturers say they have an electric car by 2020 in its range; They talk about a partial or complete its range for that year electrification. The reasons, in short, are the need to comply with an average of less than 95 g / km of CO2 emissions and a new approval system consumption that make manufacturers and not us can strain the downsizing of its engines. We explain it in more detail here.
A network of chargers to alleviate the lack of autonomy
Although differently-and there is no such mechanical connection or motor- music, Tesla has shown that an electric car can be attractive and fun. That's not the problem.
No, the problem is that, so far, most electric cars do not have sufficient autonomy to the customer accustomed to car gasoline, diesel or hybrid step to electric.
How do you solve? Offering more autonomy, but battery technology and management does not yet allow great advances, but progress has been huge and is already working on new types of batteries. It is necessary to propose an alternative.If BMW, Ford, Daimler and VAG want to sell electric cars should they also have a network of supercaragdores, the IONITY
Tesla does his destination network loads and the network of superchargers. They fulfill the function of a gas station for thermal car. Thus, although an electric have the autonomy of a small gasoline car or a supercar among 300 and 400 km- will no longer be a problem. At the end of the day, no one cares about your gasoline car no more than 300 km of autonomy because he knows he will be able to refuel in minutes. With electrolineras Ionity network, the same will happen with electric.
However, in all this we can not ignore the role of pioneer starring Tesla. American business culture, ie, do not expect the administration to do something, but does the company stand mounted Tesla Superchargers to its customers could travel. And that was the masterstroke of the Californian brand. In Europe, brands no choice but to finally follow the path of Tesla seeing the inaction of the authorities.
IONITY: 350kW chargers every 120 km
So if BMW, Ford, Daimler and VAG want to sell electric cars should they also have a network of charging stations, the IONITY. "This European network of charging stations has a large capacity essential to establish the market for electric cars paper," confirmed Michael Hajesch, CEO of IONITY.
The IONITY network will start operating this year with the first 20 charging stations located in Germany, Austria and Norway. They would all located at 120 km from each other and provide digital payment methods (although so far no prices are known).
In 2018, the network will expand to 100 charging stations, each can serve several cars regardless of brand vehicle. Each load point will have a capacity of 350 kW and compatible with European standards Combined Charging System. In Spain, it is expected about 50 stations. Clear that success in our country of this private initiative also depends on the facilities management for implementation.
With this network of chargers is intended to solve the problems of autonomy of electric cars, ie it solves one of the two stumbling blocks to developing electric cars. How this will help the market share of electricity in Spain to rise and can approach that of Norway?
Just a simple matter of production. Not luxury models like the Tesla, the market share of electric will go up, with or without network of chargers. To increase market share prices have to lower battery and therefore cars. And that will only be achieved if the public steps with more affordable models, ie those who generally have less autonomy than a Tesla.
So, if this network ensures that the public no longer be afraid of autonomy, they will be more affordable models such as the Renault ZOE, Volkswagen and Nissan Leaf or Golf which permitaran battery production to grow. If production increases, it can reduce the unit cost and therefore the final price. And finally the price of cars.