Cheap electric car charging is just a decoy and getting much more expensive.
Buying an electric car alone requires a lot of concessions, a fat account, and a change in driving (and life) habits. With the new price list of the currently built network of high-speed fast chargers, the attraction in the form of cheap traffic falls.
The European network of Ionity motorway charging stations is a joint project of BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen Group. Last year the Korean concern Hyundai-Kia joined them. Due to the high financial demands, other interested parties are not involved in the construction of charging infrastructure. Today, Ionity is probably the largest such project at the European level.
The company, based in Munich, is set to help start the sale of battery cars, but it certainly does not undercut prices. On the contrary, the newly published price per kilowatt-hour shows that electromobility without subsidies (for the construction of chargers, car sales, and charging itself) will be very expensive.
The temptation in the form of cheap “refueling” electric cars and low cost per kilometer falls. So far, a one-off charge of eight euros has been paid for connecting to the charger, no matter how much energy the motorist has taken. However, this offer was temporary, and Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch described it as a “welcome phase”. The new billing is supposed to be more transparent, but it will be really expensive.
As of 31 January 2020, it will be charged for the energy consumed, charging 0.79 euros per kilowatt-hour. That’s about five times (!) As much as the price of electricity in an average household without a special tariff.
The new Ionity highway fast charging pricing applies to those who do not have a special contract that Ionity Consortium members offer to their customers (for example, the first year of free charging).
Charging the Audi e-Tron 95kWh battery, which is one of the symbols of European electromobility today, will cost about € 80 (plus the extra charger spending where you spend about an hour). You can ride a calm ride within the Czech speed limits of 300 to 350 kilometers on a single charge. This costs five to six crowns per kilometer on “fuel” only. And without a quick charger, any longer journey by electric car is actually impossible.
Charging the 77kWh battery of the “messenger of popular electromobility” – Volkswagen ID.3 will cost 47 euros at Ionita. You will then travel 200 to 350 kilometers depending on the conditions.
This week, Ionita representatives boasted that they currently have more than 200 charging stations in operation. Ionity wants to have four hundred charging points in operation by the end of the year, with four to six charging points on each. There are currently over 860 charging points in the Ionity network in twenty European countries, with four more to be added soon.
The network of high-speed chargers is considered a key step in driving the real interest of buyers in electric vehicles. Last year, electric vehicles accounted for only 2% of European sales. Still, manufacturers now have to “push” them massively to the market and to customers to meet stricter EU greenhouse gas emission limits. If they fail to do so, they face huge fines.
The Ionity network is the answer of the automakers to their charging infrastructure of the American electric car Tesla, which, however, does not allow its superchargers to charge electric vehicles of other brands. Ionity is also open to testers. To compare: Tesla charges around € 0.3 per kWh for its superchargers. The oldest Tesla, however, has forever secured charging for superchargers for free and therefore used pieces incredibly hold the price.