Kia joins IONITY venture

Kia Motors has followed Hyundai Motor Company by investing in IONITY, a joint venture of global car manufacturers established to promote electric vehicles in Europe.

IONITY is expanding its network to 400 fast-charging stations by 2020, with at least one site every 120 kilometres along major European highways.

Kia will play a key role in further enhancing the availability of EV charging stations. Starting in 2021, Kia and Hyundai EVs will be equipped with 800 volt charging systems to accommodate IONITY’s maximum charging power of 350 kilowatts. Customers will be able to use IONITY’s high performance computing facilities, which are equipped with digital payment options, to significantly reduce charging times and better facilitate long-distance travel.

IONITY is a joint venture established in 2017 between BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG.