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IONITY, the European high power charging network, has opened its technology test centre in the town of Unterschleissheim, Bavaria, Germany. This is the world’s first e-mobility test site with full end-to-end testing, including testing on functional technologies such as Plug and Charge.

At the test centre, a more than 5,000 square meter site just outside Munich, IONITY will carry out validation and interoperability tests between electric vehicles and charging stations as well as regression and software tests.

This makes it possible to perform tests on almost all HPC charging stations available on the European market in one location.

 The goal of the test centre is to facilitate the transition to carbon-neutral mobility through the use of reliable technology.

Laurence Langenbrink, Lead Testing Services at IONITY, says: “Every company interprets interface standards slightly differently in the process. 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.”

He adds: “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.” 

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IONITY was founded in 2017 and is a joint venture of the automobile manufacturers BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group, Mercedes-Benz AG and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.

The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with an additional office in Oslo, Norway. IONITY is an internationally registered trademark.

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