European EV charging network IONITY hikes price by 500%

Posted: February 5, 2020 by tallbloke in Batteries, Big Green, Emissions, fuel poverty, greenblob, Robber Barons
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Electrek reports:

IONITY, a European EV charging network owned by BMW, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, and VW Group (with Audi and Porsche) has announced that prices will be going up over 500% starting January 31 as they transition to a pay-per-kWh system.

Previously, IONITY charged a flat, fixed rate of €8 for a DCFC charging session. This was a good deal if you showed up with an empty battery and filled most of the way. If you arrived with, say, 10% battery remaining, and added 60 kWh during your charging session, then you’d get away with paying about €0.13 per kWh. For context, in France, electricity costs about €0.19 per kWh at home, and €0.24 per kWh at Tesla Superchargers. In Germany, you pay €0.30 per kWh at home, and €0.33 at Tesla Superchargers in Germany.

Starting next month, however, IONITY will be charging users a whopping €0.79 per kWh. (PDF press release). The Audi e-Tron battery is 95 kWh, so if you “filled it up” with 80 kWh, that’s €63.20 to travel probably about 160 miles, or £0.33/mile give or take. Terribly expensive.

HT @novakglobal

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  1. ivan says:

    Yet another downside for EVs.

    Is there anything that would make a normal person want to buy one? Low mileage, high cost to charge (if you can find a charging point), long time to charge, very expensive to buy even with the government subsidy, very expensive to replace a dead battery, etc.

  2. Gamecock says:

    Government as pushers giving out cheap drugs to get people hooked.

  3. tallbloke says:

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    ROFLMAO at you Euroweenies falling for the Charlie Brown football once again.

  5. Jim says:

    Ah, getting closer to the price of petrol. Now, they have to develop a way to charge a battery for fifteen minutes and drive for three hundred miles, just like a gas card. Oh, and don’t forget to add in the road tax. Something evs are not fully paying for yet.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Buy now before some idiot tries to ban them…

    SUV Sales Are Soaring As Climate Crisis Escalates
    By Irina Slav – Feb 05, 2020

    ‘SUV sales across the globe last year reached a total of 42 percent of all car sales, the head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol said this week. These vehicles, Birol added, emit 25 percent more carbon dioxide than smaller cars.

    And yet we keep buying them.’

    The hype escalates, but that’s all.

  7. oldbrew says:

    FEBRUARY 5, 2020

    Scientists learn more about the first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s life
    — by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    The first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s life largely determine just how well it will perform. In those moments, a set of molecules self-assembles into a structure inside the battery that will affect the battery for years to come.
    = = =
    Government offers £50m to create UK’s first all-electric bus town
    6 Feb 2020

    Local authorities in England, outside London, are being invited to bid for funding to replace an entire city or town’s bus fleet to fully electric vehicles

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