VW to launch MOBILE charging stations that can boost the batteries in electric cars in just 17 minutes
- The 360kWh portable charging units are independent from any power source
- Each offers enough capacity to charge up to 15 electric vehicles before needing to be substituted for a new one
- 4 vehicles can charge at the same time. They’ll be available in Germany this year
- The stations will be by cities to identify the best locations for permanent chargers to be installed and also for large public events
German car maker VW has confirmed it will introduce the next-generation of charge points this year – and they are can be moved from location to location.
The portable EV charging stations will be launched in the company’s home city of Wolfsburg in the first half of 2019 and extended across Germany next year as part of a new pilot by the automotive giant.
The mobile units – shown here in illustrations – allow for quick charging of up to 100 kilowatts, meaning an electric car can be charged to 80 per cent battery capacity in just over a quarter of an hour.
Mobile solution: Volkswagen will roll-out new portable charging stations for electric cars in Germany in the next 6 months
Thomas Schmall, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, described the new mobile devices as ‘a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points’.
‘They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply,’ he explained.
‘This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure.’
Availability will begin in VW’s home of Wolfsburg in the next six months, it said, but has yet to confirm which other German cities will benefit from the new hi-tech systems from 2020.
If trials prove successful there’s a very strong chance the technology could be made available across Europe – especially to help provide charging solutions for major events and public gatherings.
Mobile charging stations – how do they work?
The 360kWh mobile charging stations are independent from any power source, meaning they can be dropped anywhere with a flat surface.
Each one has the capacity to charge up to 15 electric cars to 80 per cent capacity, which can be completed in just 17 minutes using DC quick charging, the brand said.
The stations – which can charge up to 4 vehicles simultaneously – can boost the batteries in an EV to 80% in just 17 minutes
VW said the portable systems will be key to helping Europe develop its infrastructure for charging electric cars of the future, such as its own ID range
Once the power packs in the station drop below 20 per cent capacity, an alert is sent to VW so they can be replaced with a new one.
Alternatively, the stations can be hooked up to a 30kW power supply that recharges the power packs, meaning the unit doesn’t have to be substituted for a fresh one – which must come at a logistical cost.
The systems also allow temporary storage of renewable energy – such as solar or wind power – to provide carbon-neutral charging solutions.
Mr Schmall said cities can use the stations to identify the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments to install fixed chargers.
Volkswagen has teased its range of ID models, including a zero-emissions bus (ID Buzz, left), a Golf replacement (ID concept, middle) and electric SUV (ID Crozz, right)
The mobile stations will be used at major public events to provide a charging solution for electric vehicle owners
They could also prove extremely useful during large sporting, music and other entertainment events attended by large crowds.
‘In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed,’ Schmall said.
The mobile stations can be located online or via apps and are compatible with electric cars and e-bikes.
Up to four vehicles can be charged simultaneously: two with DC and two with AC connections.
VW confirmed towards the end of last year that it will release its last generation petrol and diesel engines in 2026 before focusing entirely on the development of electric powertrains.
One of the first next-generation cars will be a Golf-replacing zero-emissions model – as seen in the diagrams – as part of a new ‘I.D’ range of family vehicles.
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