The roaming provider Maingau Energie has significantly increased its prices for the use of the Ionity charging network. According to the new pricing model costs one kilowatt hour (kWh) on the direct current fast chargers from September 1, 2020 to 73.11 cents. So far, Maingau has only charged 34.11 cents per kWh for both AC and DC columns.
Ionity’s European charging network changed its pricing model in early 2020. While a charging process was previously charged at a flat rate of 8 euros, since February 1, 2020, one kilowatt hour has cost 79 cents regardless of the charging time.
Ionity is a joint venture between the automobile manufacturers BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen subsidiaries Audi and Porsche. Therefore, with the Audi E-Tron Charging Service, Mercedes Me Charge, BMW Chargenow, the Porsche Charging Service and Volkswagen Wecharge, there are other price models with monthly basic fees where the charging prices are lower. Ionity now has 268 charging stations across Europe, mainly on motorways.
Maingau customers will have to forego their previous price advantage in the future. As early as the end of March 2020, there were reports that Maingau would end roaming with Ionity because of the new pricing model. However, that was not the case. With the new tariffs, one kilowatt hour on AC power stations in Germany and the Netherlands costs 37.04 cents, on DC power stations with the exception of Ionity it costs 46.79 cents. In other European countries there are additional surcharges of up to 42 cents per kWh. In the email to the customers it said: “If you do not agree with the changes, you can terminate your contract at any time without notice.”
Annoyingly high electricity price
On Twitter, users reacted angrily about the price increase at Ionity. “If you sign a Maingau energy contract for 2021 so that you don’t have to pay a lot for electricity with the electric car, and then something like that comes 2 weeks later …”, wrote a Tesla driver. Others, however, showed understanding: “Maingau has paid on it long enough. I would almost like to apologize for the sporadic use at Ionity”, tweeted the journalist Christoph Schwarzer.
The Ionity pricing model can result in high costs when charging on motorways. For example, Plugsurfing charges 86 cents per kWh. With an average consumption of 19.5 kWh / 100 km on a test drive with an Opel Corsa-e, this resulted in electricity costs of almost 17 euros per 100 km. You could fill up with more than 14 liters of fuel for a petrol price of 1.20 euros per liter. According to Opel, the comparable motorized turbo Corsa would travel 300 km.