One of the biggest obstacles to electric car growth — apart from the massive upfront cost — is the absence (or, at least scarcity) of charging stations. Hoping to solve that, a consortium of mainly German carmakers has set the ambitious goal of introducing a Europe-wide network of charging stations by the end of the decade. The initiative, called IONITY, is a joint venture between BMW, Vokswagen, Daimler, and US car giant Ford, and plans to roll out the High Powered Charging (HPC) stations gradually. The consortium will install 20 HPCs across Germany by the end of this year, all…

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