IONITY , in conjunction with the Extra MSA Group, has expanded its UK network with a 350kW high-power charging station for electric vehicles at Extra’s recently-constructed Leeds Skelton Lake Services.

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.

It is the first Ionity high power charging station in the UK to feature the new chargers premiered by the company at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new chargers use halo lighting to provide customers with information about the charging status of the battery.

Leeds Skelton Lake Services is only one of three new UK MSAs to open in the last ten 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, Ford, BMW Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, to establish 400 high power charging stations across Europe.

The 350 kW UK charging network is powered by 100% renewable energy and delivers infrastructure capable of charging times as low as eight minutes for a 100km charge.

“Our continued expansion of the Ionity network in the UK signals our commitment to enable long distance EV travel and to break down perceived barriers to EV usage in the UK,” said Ionity COO, Marcus Groll.

“Close collaboration with site partners, like Extra MSA Group, has enabled Ionity to provide significant high power charging capacity on one of the UK’s most important routes. Offering our new chargers in the UK is hugely important for EVs.

“Drivers travelling to or via Leeds can rapidly recharge their vehicles with 100% renewable energy. Our network will bring 40 high power charging stations to the UK, providing much-needed infrastructure for the e-Mobility revolution. The reality is 50 kW chargers no longer offer customers fast enough charging on motorways and key travel routes and will therefore not facilitate the transition to e-Mobility.

“During the ongoing unfortunate Coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to provide full support to our customers and essential service providers, as we know a great many people depend on an EV for their own essential journeys.”