VW re­veals mo­bile charg­ing sta­tions

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

VOLK­SWA­GEN is of­fer­ing a fur­ther in­sight into the com­pany’s fu­ture tra­jec­tory with a first glimpse of its mo­bile quick charg­ing sta­tion.

It can be set up flex­i­bly and in­de­pen­dent of the power sup­ply wher­ever it is needed: for ex­am­ple, in pub­lic park­ing lots in the city, on com­pany premises, or as a tem­po­rary charg­ing point at large-scale events.

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.

Thanks to quick charg­ing tech­nol­ogy, the charg­ing process only takes on aver­age 17 min­utes. If the en­ergy con­tent of the in­te­grated bat­tery set is less than 20 per­cent, 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 charg­ing sta­tion also al­lows the tem­po­rary stor­age of sus­tain­ably gen­er­ated power, such as so­lar or wind en­ergy.

Thomas Sch­mall, Chair­man of the Board of Man­age­ment of Volk­swa­gen Group Com­po­nents, says: “The mo­bile charg­ing sta­tions are a de­ci­sive step to­ward an ef­fi­cient net­work of charg­ing points.”

Sparks of in­spi­ra­tion – VW’s mo­bile charg­ing sta­tions

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