Wolfsburg based Car manufacturer brand Volkswagen has unveiled quick electronic charging stations for its electric cars to be set up initially in the company’s hometown with plans to expand to other cities as well. The charging stations are mobile with capacity of charging up to 100 Kw electricity in a very short time. Volkswagen’s series of electric cars can be charged by these mobile stations as well as of other brands.

The greatest challenge in adoption to electric vehicles is the lack of efficient network of charging points. Customer’s difficulty in finding a reasonable number of charging points on the road discourages them from adopting to clean energy vehicles. Volkswagen wants to fix this by providing basic infrastructure for adoption to e-mobility.

The Volkswagen charging stations will be discoverable with the help of smartphone app and will be positioned strategically at different points across the city to ensure ease of access. The stations will be able to charge e-bikes as well as e-cars with the capacity to charge four vehicles at a time with two ac and two dc adapters. The storage capacity of the battery is 360 Kwh more than sufficient for 15 e-vehicles. Vehicles can also be connected to direct power supply with threshold charging limit of 30 Kw via alternating current.

Volkswagen believes an electric vehicle can be called eco-friendly or a clean vehicle only if it is using sustainably generated electricity, it claims that it’s charging points can be specifically used for storing electricity generated by wind and solar energy making the station completely CO2-neutral.

The mobile column is powered with Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB), this will allow quick scalability along with second battery life. The charging station’s design allows it to be setup at any shopping center, the average time for charging each vehicle will be nearly 17 minutes.

Its plans to invest heavily with US$ 2 billion of investment in plans for the e-mobility infrastructure sector will fast track transition to e-vehicles. E-vehicles hit record sales of 1 million sales in 2018. Scandinavian countries like Norway lead the race, with one third of its total vehicles sold in 2018 being electric vehicles. The country has also formulated a policy to go fossil fuel free by the year 2025. With global warming at the doorsteps and Paris Climate agreement’s ambitious targets to cut carbon emission, many countries are offering tax exemption for e-vehicle.

For the swift and smooth shift to e-mobility, an integrated network of charging points along with ability to charge vehicles in minutes is integral. Volkswagen wants to address these issues with this project. 

Published by Nikhil Kaitwade

With over 8 years of experience in market research and consulting industry, Nikhil has worked on more than 250 research assignments pertaining to chemicals, materials and energy sector. He has worked directly with about 35 reputed companies as lead consultant for plant expansion, product positioning, capacity factor analysis, new market/segment exploration, export market opportunity evaluation and sourcing strategies.

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