From July 2022, the use of Ionity charging stations will be billed per kilowatt hour in France, and no longer per minute. The price of the latter will depend on the power of the terminal, having announced two prices.
Until now, surcharges at Ionity network terminals were billed per minute in France. ” for specific regulatory reasons in France according to this consortium, which mainly groups the Volkwagen, Mercedes, BMW, Ford and Hyundai groups. But from July 2022, charging at Ionity will be billed per kilowatt hour (kWh).
A fairer pricing policy
Kilowatt-hour billing should be reduce the rating for owners of plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles that only accept low load power, which requires spending time at the terminal for a small amount of energy. According to a fairer economic model, the more electricity we throw away, the more we will pay, regardless of the connection time. The “losers” of this change could be those whose car is equipped with a high-capacity battery that recharges quickly, as this time will no longer be in their favor. In addition, this new policy allows Ionity to remain competitive with Tesla, which is gradually opening up its Superchargers to other vehicle brands other than its own.
Comparison of costs between thermal and electrical
Ionity announces a price of € 0.39 / kWh for its 50 kW terminals and € 0.69 / kWh for its very fast 350 kW terminals. In the first case, the cost per kilometer should therefore be lower than that of an equivalent car running on petrol. In the second, on the other hand, electricity could cost as much, or even more, than its thermal equivalent.
A good example of comparison is the Volvo XC40, taking its micro-hybrid version of B4 petrol with 197 hp and its electric variant Recharge with 231 hp, which have a similar performance (7.4 s from 0 to 100 km / h in all two cases) and are shown at similar prices. In the Plus finish, the thermal model costs € 48,800 and the electric one € 49,450 after deducting its € 2,000 ecological bonus. Volvo announces a combined WLTP consumption of 6.5 l / 100 km for the B4 and 18.7 kWh / 100 km for the Recharge. At the current average price of the SP95-E10, very high at € 1.85 / l, this means € 12.03 / 100 km in combustion. The electric XC40 costs € 7.29 / 100 km with the 50 kW Ionity terminals and € 12.90 with the 350 kW terminals.
Soon 60,000 public terminals in France
Customers of Ionity member manufacturers can benefit from preferential rates. Ionity has just opened its 100th French station. In 2025, the firm plans to add 80 stations in France and double the number of terminals for each. In addition, it will expand its presence beyond the highways. ” by installing some of its future stations near major cities and busy national highways “Avere-France, as well as the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, counted on March 31 57,732 public recharging points in France, all operators together. A figure still far from the 100,000 terminals that the Government had set for the end of 2021.