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Ionity cuts prices and launches new discount packages

Ultra-rapid charging network Ionity has cut its prices in parts of Europe and announced two new subscription packages offering discounted charging.

The firm, founded by the BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen groups, operates almost 4,000 350kW chargers in 24 countries across Europe, including the UK.

From late May it is introducing country-specific tariffs to its Ionity Direct service, bringing lower instant-access charging costs in 12 countries, including Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.

Unfortunately, the UK isn’t among the countries where prices are being cut and it remains the most expensive place in Europe for ultra-rapid charging.

UK drivers, however, can benefit from the new subscription packages which cut costs to as little as 26 cents/kWh depending on the country.

Ionity says its Passport Motion package is designed for drivers who do short to medium journeys and charge publicly once a month, corresponding to around 93 miles of driving. Priced at £5.49 per month in the UK, the package cuts charging rates from 74p/kWh to 53p/kWh.

The Passport Power subscription is intended for drivers who cover longer distances on a regular basis and will charge on public devices at least twice a month. Priced at £10.50 per month, it drops UK rates to just 43p/kWh and, says Ionity, pays for itself after two charging stops. It also gives UK drivers access to the cheapest rates overseas, which vary from 26 to 46 cents/kWh.

With 3,800 devices at 630 locations, Ionity is Europe’s largest non-exclusive ultra-rapid charging network, beaten only by Tesla’s Supercharger network in terms of device numbers.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of inews.co.uk, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.