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Volkswagen premieres the future of EV charging

The automaker will roll-out a pilot project of its mobile quick-charging station in its home city of Wolfsburg in the first half of 2019

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The first glimpse of the mobile charging station with a Volkswagen concept car
The first glimpse of the mobile charging station with a Volkswagen concept car

Volkswagen has premiered its future mobile quick charging station which can be set up independently of a power supply, wherever it is needed in a city.


The automaker will roll-out a pilot project in the German city of Wolfsburg where its headquarters are located as early as the first half of 2019. As of 2020, the charging station will also be implemented in other cities and communities.

 

Power bank charging for vehicles

 

Volkswagen explains that the mobile charging station works according to the principle of a power bank – which is familiar to many people with smartphones – but for electric vehicles instead. The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID. Family, to be charged in stand-alone operation.

 

It claims the technology means the charging process only takes 17 minutes on average. If the energy content of the integrated battery set is less than 20 per cent, the depleted charging station is simply exchanged for a charged one. If, however, it is permanently attached to the power supply with up to 30 kW via alternating current, the battery pack perpetually recharges itself.

 

“The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points,” said Thomas Schmall, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Group Components. “They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply. This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure.

 

“Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

"This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure"

The mobile charging stations can be set up at defined points, for example, spread out across a city. The flexible locations can be easily found via the Internet or apps. Each charging station enables DC quick charging with up to 100 kW. In addition to electric cars, e-bikes can also be charged.

 

There is also the possibility of connecting to the power supply directly, allowing the station to be charged with up to 30 kW via alternating current by means of a permanent standard grid connection.

 

Carbon-neutral mobility

 

Mark Möller, head of technical development at Volkswagen Group Components, pointed out that the stations offer a further crucial advantage. “It is only when an electric car is charged with sustainably generated power that it can claim CO2-neutral mobility. Our charging station is the first to offer the possibility of temporarily storing sustainably generated power,” he said.

 

For example, the charging station can be charged specifically with solar or wind energy, which is then transmitted to the electric vehicles during charging.

 

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