IONITY has expanded its UK network with a 350kW High-Power Charging station for electric vehicles at Extra MSA Group’s recently constructed ‘new concept’ Leeds Skelton Lake Services, located on the M1 J45 east of Leeds.
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 – each with the
UK’s fastest EV chargers.
The opening marks a significant step towards the future of e-Mobility in Leeds and this
section of the motorway network. This is the first IONITY High Power Charging station
in the UK to feature the new award-winning chargers premiered by IONITY at last year’s
Frankfurt Motor Show. The new advanced chargers use halo lighting to provide customers with information about the charging status of the battery and are easy to recognise
for drivers while the illumination makes use in the hours of darkness more convenient
In addition, the position and design of the charging cable makes attaching the cable to the car much easier than current units. Now, with the latest generation of electric
vehicles providing much-improved performance, efficiency and comfort, the new IONITY
network will ease range anxiety for existing and potential EV owners.
Leeds Skelton Lake Services is only one of three new UK MSAs to open in the last 10
years, situated within two miles of Leeds city centre – serving the M1, M62 and A1(M),
for the North of England motorway network.
“Our continued expansion of the IONITY network in the UK signals our strategic commitment to enable long distance EV travel and to break down perceived barriers to EV usage in the UK. 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,” said Marcus Groll, COO, IONITY.
“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,” he continued. “Our network will bring 40 High Power Charging stations to the UK, providing much-needed infrastructure for the e-Mobility revolution. The reality is that 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.”