According to foreign reports on November 24th, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company, has joined the 700 million euro financing for European charging network construction company Ionity to provide the necessary funding for the rapid deployment of high-power charging points.
Established in 2017, Ionity was jointly founded by BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen, and Hyundai Motor Group also became its fifth shareholder in November 2020. They hope to build high-power charging points on major highways in Europe to meet the long-distance travel needs of electric vehicle users.
Ionity said on Wednesday that the investment also includes contributions from existing shareholders. This 700 million euro investment will enable Ionity to build 7,000 350 kW fast charging points by 2025. Currently, Ionity operates more than 1,500 charging points in 24 countries/regions.
Ionity did not provide details of the round of financing. Existing investors Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, Ford and Hyundai Motor have all participated.
According to reports, BlackRock has invested about 500 million euros in Ionity alone, making it the first shareholder from outside the automotive industry.
David Giordano, global head of renewable energy at BlackRock, said that in terms of business maturity and complexity of existing partner relationships, Ionity differs from other charging network construction companies.
Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch also said that the combination of energy and mobility makes Ionity more attractive.
Michael Hajesch also stated that as part of the expansion plan, Ionity may seek more manufacturers for its hardware part. Currently, Ionity’s charging stations are mainly produced by ABB in Switzerland and Tritium in Australia, and some are produced by Porsche itself.
Investors’ attention to the electric vehicle industry is increasing. The electric vehicle industry not only covers automobile production, but also includes important infrastructure construction. Currently, more and more capital is becoming interested in this area.🔗Information source: Reuters
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