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November 18, 2021

Ionity opens technology test centre in Bavaria

Ionity has provided high-power charging since being founded in 2017.

By Simon Warburton

Ionity has opened its technology test centre in Unterschleissheim, Bavaria.

The company maintains it is the world’s first e-mobility test site with full end-to-end evaluation, including work on functional technologies such as Plug and Charge.

Since being founded at the end of 2017, Ionity has provided high-power charging, making a contribution to developments in the market as a CPO (Charge Point Operator) and partner to manufacturers of electric-powered vehicles.

At the 5,000 square metres centre near Munich, Ionity carries out validation and interoperability evaluation between EVs and charging stations as well as regression and software tests. This makes it possible to perform work on almost all HPC stations available on the European market in one location.

“Every company interprets interface standards slightly differently in the process,” said Ionity lead Testing Services, Laurence Langenbrink.

“In our test centre, we can closely examine all steps in the charging process – from authentication and power transfer to the end of charging – and get feedback on any incompatibilities or issues.

“Thanks to our mobile testing equipment – a truck with a controllable electrical load that can charge at a maximum of 350 kW and simulate corresponding vehicles – real-time charging simulations and validation tests can also be carried out on-site at our customers’ premises.”

Currently, Ionity staff are developing use cases and flowcharts for tests on various hardware models.

The goal is to offer EV drivers reliability at all Ionity locations, regardless of the vehicle manufacturer.

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