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VW's CEO not happy with its rival to Tesla's charging network - Business Insider

Last updated Friday, August 6, 2021 03:00 ET , Source: NewsService

  • Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess roasted Ionity for his poor experience with its charging network.
  • The company is partially owned by VW and part of a bid to compete with Tesla's Supercharger stations.
  • The CEO's vacation mishap highlights several major advantages Tesla drivers have over others.

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Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess lit into electric-car-charging company Ionity on social media.

The company is partially owned by Volkswagen and was launched in 2016 as a joint venture between VW, Daimler, BMW, and Ford. It's been advertised as a rival to Tesla's high-powered Supercharger network, but appears to have fallen short, according to the VW CEO's account.

On Thursday, Diess detailed his experience taking Volkswagen's all-electric ID.3 on a summer road trip. It was "anything but a premium experience," he said, according to a translation of his remarks.

Diess said he faced difficulty finding a working EV charging station during his trip along Brenner Pass, a main thoroughfare that passes through the Alps and connects Italy and Austria.

"Too few charging points," Diess wrote in a comment on LinkedIn, noting that there were only four stations along the 22-mile mountain pass, one of which featured long wait times because of...

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