The UAE-based sustainable transportation company ION, a joint venture between Bee’ah and Crescent Enterprises, has installed the gulf region’s first high-power, ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations in Abu Dhabi’s leading tourism project, Yas Island.
The station with a total capacity of up to 350KW is capable of charging electric vehicles (EV) through a connection to a user interface unit and it can supply a combined charging system (CCS) for EVs.
The ION stations offer the fastest charging times in the UAE by fully charging vehicles in less than 15 minutes on average by reducing user waiting time and they claim to be 25 times faster than a traditional home charger which only supplies up to 7 KW.
Through its compatibility with all manufacturers, the ION stations solve a common issue with EV charging infrastructure by catering to all types of e-vehicles including buses. By using fewer cable works, the stations are cost-effective and aids to reduce carbon footprint.
“This is yet another demonstration of ION’s commitment to supporting the e-mobility network in the UAE. ION is at the forefront of bringing transformative, green mobility solutions to the market, and we are delighted to claim we have installed the Gulf region’s first ultra-fast charging stations. This move will go a long way to promote the mass adoption of EVs which will improve air quality and reduce vehicular pollution in support of the UAE’s sustainability ambitions.”
ION has been working to accelerate the development of electric transportation in the UAE and has achieved significant milestones within a few years since its launch. Within Abu Dhabi, ION manages on-demand electric transportation in Masdar City by connecting residents to a fleet of electric vehicles and autonomous electric shuttles through a mobile app.
“We are proud to have pioneered the installation of these ultra-fast charging stations in the region and the UAE, offering EV users convenience and efficiency that was not available before. We are rapidly responding to emerging industry trends and meeting the needs of players across the burgeoning electric transportation network in the UAE,” said Nasir Al Shamsi, Director of Sustainable Mobility at Bee’ah.
Recently, ION has completed a pilot trial of the NAVYA shuttles in the University City of Sharjah as well as launching Sharjah’s first network of public electric vehicle charging stations. In partnership with NAVYA, ION aims to promote the use of shared autonomous transport in the MENA region.