This year, Volkswagen is offering a glimpse of its future mobile quick charging station that can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever needed, which is similar to working principles of a power bank.
Volkswagen’s first mobile charging station has a charging capacity of up to 360 kWh, enabling to charge up to 15 e-vehicles including the new IDs of Volkswagen, and is intended to be charged in stand-alone operation.
Its quick charging technology has an average charging process of 17 minutes, and 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 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.
“…This flexibility enables a completely new approach to 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,” said Thomas Schmall, chairman of the board of management, Volkswagen Group.
In addition to electric cars, e-bikes can also be charged. Up to four vehicles can be charged simultaneously: two with DC and two with AC connections. The total battery storage capacity of up to 360 kWh is sufficient for up to 15 e-vehicles. 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.
With its direct power connection, the battery pack in the charging station can be recharged around the clock. This time-independent recharging, and therefore buffering of power, also considerably reduces the strain on the power supply at peak periods.
The first mobile quick charging stations will be set up as early as the first half of 2019 in Volkswagen’s hometown as part of a pilot project and will support the expansion of charging infrastructure in the urban area. As of 2020, the charging station will also be implemented in other cities and communities.