The sales of Kesko Group’s continuing operations in January 2020 totalled €843.5 million, representing an increase of 4.2%. The comparable sales for continuing operations increased by 1.9%. The month had one delivery day less than January last year.
Initially, the new HPC station will provide high-power charging points for two cars at a time, but the number can be raised up to six as demand grows. IONITY’s high-power charging stations are the fastest on the market, and offer a charging capacity of 350 kW. An electric car can travel some 300 kilometres on a single full-power 15-minute charge. The HPC station at Neste K Paimio will be part of IONITY’s European network and will complement K Group’s own nationwide K Charge network in Finland.
“Electric car drivers in Finland have been waiting for IONITY’s superfast HPC stations. We are thrilled now to be opening the first IONITY charging station. High-power charging stations have a big impact on the public electric car charging network in Finland, as they offer the fastest charging on the market in areas where people tend to drive for long distances and therefore need fast charging,“ says Heikki Ahdekivi, Vice President in charge of new business development and charging network in K Group’s car trade division.
For electric vehicles to become more common, the public charging network must evolve and enable sufficiently fast charging especially for those travelling for long distances.
“We hope Finnish EV drivers will find and take advantage of IONITY’s high-power charging stations. Elsewhere in Europe, thousands of electric vehicles are charged daily at IONITY’s 160 stations. IONITY wants its HPC stations to make electric cars a more realistic option for European drivers,” says Jan Haugen Ihle, Head of Northern Europe at IONITY.
IONITY will be responsible for building, maintaining and operating the HPC stations, while K Group offers excellent locations for them at K-store sites. In addition to the high-power charging station at Neste K Paimio, before the end of the year IONITY and K Group will open HPC stations also at Neste K Karisto in Lahti and K-Citymarket Tiiriö in Hämeenlinna
IONITY’S HPC stations use the European charging standard CCS (Combined Charging System), with cross-brand electric car compatibility. The price is €8 / charge with the IONITY application and the K Charge service. With other charging services, each service provider sets the price based on IONITY’s price. Payment is possible with the IONITY app, K-Lataus app, Audi e-tron service, Porsche charging service, and other charging services that support roaming.
IONITY is a joint venture by the Volkswagen Group with Porsche AG, BMW, Daimler and Ford, and is building an extensive network of powerful and easy-to-use charging stations along major routes across Europe. IONITY aims to have a network of 400 high-power charging stations by 2020. Currently, the network comprises 160 charging stations.
K Charge is K Group’s nationwide charging network for electric cars. By the end of this year, the network will comprise nearly 400 charging points at over 70 K Group store locations. The K Charge stations offer both basic and fast charging points. The cooperation with IONITY will add three high-power charging stations to the network.