Generalized kWh pricing

The charging operator Ionity, which today has more than 1,700 terminals spread over 416 stations in Europe, has just inaugurated its hundredth French fast charging station. Located in the parking lot of the Novotel in St-Witz (95), near Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, this new infrastructure was also an opportunity to announce a big change in pricing.

Rates: from the minute to the kWh consumed

Until now, this fast charging network, founded by a consortium of manufacturers, stood out in France for its per-minute pricing. A simpler solution to implement but not necessarily fairer, since it favored the most modern and expensive vehicles, which benefited from very fast charging thanks to 800V technology in particular: Porsche Taycan, Audi e-tron GT, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, etc.

Older cars or certain basic variants with restricted charging power were thus penalized, with longer and therefore more expensive charges. Ionity seems to have changed her mind since thepricing will change to kWh consumed from 1 July. Pricing deemed “fairer”.

The new prices

This summer, French terminals will indeed be updated with certified DC meters, a mandatory standard for per-minute pricing. Thereby, you will have to pay €0.39 on the 50 kW terminals and €0.69 on the 350 kW terminals, excluding subscription. Preferential rates will be valid thanks to the agreements concluded with certain partners such as BMW, Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai-Kia or Mercedes.

This will be more interesting in particular for vehicles with a lower recharging capacity.

Tensions to come on the stations?

Thanks to this change, all vehicle owners will be in the same boat, with an equivalent charging cost depending on the kWh consumed. Good news, but with a limitation: the temptation to spend more time on the terminal to go up to 100%.

Indeed, recharging from 80 to 100% is generally slower than that from 0 to 80% and should be reserved for long distances. With a charging cost per minute, drivers were quickly encouraged to leave the station to avoid prohibitive costs. But this new pricing could change the situation, and push motorists to charge as much as possible, sometimes monopolizing a terminal more than reason.

So there would be less rotation on the terminals, sometimes few or defective. What create some tension on the resorts during major departures on vacation? As a reminder, Ionity does not charge vehicles that park on the terminal after the end of charging, unlike Tesla or Belib’.

In France, Ionity has just reached the milestone of 100 stations. This represents just over 400 charging points. In Europe, there are now more than 400 stations.

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