IONITY expands its UK network with class-leading high-power charging station

Source: press release, 9 April 2020

Leeds Skelton Lake Services M1 J45, near Leeds, is the latest station in IONITY’s pan-European network
Leeds Skelton Lake Services M1 J45, near Leeds, is the latest station in IONITY’s pan-European network (photo: IONITY)

IONITY, in conjunction with the Extra MSA Group, has expanded its UK network with a 350-kW high-power charging station for electric vehicles at Extra’s recently constructed “new concept” Leeds Skelton Lake Services, located on the M1 J45 east of Leeds.

Drivers can now charge their electric cars in less than 20 minutes depending on their vehicle’s charging capacity using renewable energy from the IONITY High Power Charging points. Leeds Skelton Lake is IONITY’s fourth station to be launched in the UK with seven others planned to follow in 2020 in co-operation with Extra MSA Group – each with the UK’s fastest EV chargers.

The opening marks a significant step towards the future of e-Mobility in Leeds and this section of the motorway network. This is the first IONITY High Power Charging station in the UK to feature the new award-winning chargers premiered by IONITY at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new advanced chargers use halo lighting to provide customers with information about the charging status of the battery and are easy to recognise for drivers while the illumination makes use in the hours of darkness more convenient too.

In addition, the position and design of the charging cable makes attaching the cable to the car much easier than current units. Now, with the latest generation of electric vehicles providing much-improved performance, efficiency and comfort, the new IONITY network will ease range anxiety for existing and potential EV owners.

Leeds Skelton Lake Services is only one of three new UK MSAs to open in the last 10 years, situated within two miles of Leeds city centre – serving the M1, M62 and A1(M), for the North of England motorway network.

IONITY is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, BMW Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche AG to establish 400 High Power Charging stations across Europe, enabling hassle-free pan-European EV travel.

With ultra-fast charging times and the selection of convenient motorway locations, IONITY’s network will make long distance journeys far more viable than much slower 50 kW alternatives. The 350 kW UK charging network is future-proofed, powered by 100% renewable energy and delivering infrastructure capable of charging times as low as 8 minutes for a 100 km charge is already making e-mobility a convenient, reliable and everyday experience.