We have come a long way

Dr. Michael Hajesch
CEO IONITY

For those of us who lived the golden years of our youth in the second half of the 20th century – yes fellow Generation Xers, we are that old – we’ll remember the acquisition of our first car as an almost ritual passage from adolescence to adulthood. Back then, in the mid-90’s cars were seen as symbols of freedom and independence.

With a circa 20% increase in CO2 emissions within the EU from road transportation alone since the beginning of the 90s however, that image has changed. European transport stands for nearly 30% of our total CO2 emissions and from that 72% comes from road transportation alone; i.e. trucks, vans, cars and other mainly combustion engine-driven vehicles of transportation. The consequences on the climate, our environment and public health alike cannot be ignored.

During that same period of time, citizen and consumer awareness has also risen. The past decade saw endless awareness-raising efforts of the climate change crisis by governmental and regional authorities, international organisations, NGOs and private sector actors alike - and it seems their efforts bore fruit. A European Commission survey published last year found that 93% of European citizens consider climate change to be a serious problem, with 60% of respondents holding it to be one of the most serious problems facing the world today. So what can we do to solve the problem?

Just like CO2 emissions and climate change see no geographic boundaries, so the solution must be approached on a global level. We must all step up our game and take our share of the responsibility. In the case of the automotive industry, which alongside the energy production sector, is the sector that has to improve the most, this means significantly reducing CO2 emissions from cars and other transport vehicles.

As such, the development within the automotive industry of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is a welcome step in that direction. We have come a long way since the launch of the first modern EV in the 90s with a range spanning just under 100 km in optimal weather and topological conditions, and a very limited choice of vehicles to choose for the consumers. Car manufacturers have since come together and invested billions into the R&D of electric vehicles and the results are positive. Most modern EVs come with ranges of around ~300 km with a full charge and that figure will soar in the coming years. Additionally, to complement the continuously increasing battery range, the availability of charging infrastructures in most cities have also developed significantly, further reducing the range anxiety that previously held consumers back from going electric.

We at IONITY are dedicated to expanding the use of electric cars beyond cities to include long-distance travel. Our mission is to be there for current and future EV drivers every 120 km of the way, connecting Europe with reliable, green fast-charging stations. Our aim is to make electromobility an obvious and accessible option for anyone, anywhere across Europe.

Since the day my wife and I chose our very first pure battery-driven vehicle as our single car in the household I remain increasingly convinced that this technology is changing the transport sector in a robust and sustainable manner. Today, many thousands of kilometres later, the freedom of being able to drive anywhere in Europe with my family, guilt-free, puts a smile on my face.

I am very happy about IONITY’s participation in the first edition of World EV Day on September 9, 2020 - a global celebration of all things e-mobility and an international dedication to an emission-free electric future of mobility.

It is no hazard that the overarching theme of this year’s inaugural celebration was ‘sustainable’ mobility - after all, ‘green’ is one of the core pillars of our dedication to current and future generations, a commitment we don’t take lightly. We have dedicated ourselves to ensuring that the entirety of our charging infrastructure across Europe is powered based 100% on renewable energy supplies. For EV drivers charging at IONITY stations that means yet another significant reduction in their CO2 footprint.

As dedicated contributors to the global electromobility ecosystem with our expanding infrastructure of green fast-charging stations accessible to any EV driver across Europe, we join this movement and encourage everyone out there to take a pledge to make their next trip electric.

About IONITY

IONITY makes long distance travel with electric vehicles the new normal.

The company builds and operates a High-Power Charging (HPC) network along Europe's highways, using state-of-the-art technology with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. By doing so drivers of drivers of current and future generations of electric vehicles - using the leading European charging standard CCS (Combined Charging System) - benefit from maximum charging speeds while taking a break on their journey. Every IONITY charging station consists of an average of four charging points. As a commitment to sustainability, all IONITY chargers deliver 100% renewable energy for both emission-free and carbon neutral driving.

IONITY was founded in 2017 and is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
More than 75 employees are shaping the future of e-Mobility at IONITY. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway. IONITY is an internationally registered trademark.

For further information please visit: www.ionity.eu