In March last year, Volkswagen announced the implementation of the ACCELERATE strategy. The strategy aims to promote electric vehicles and make Volkswagen the most attractive sustainable mobility brand. The investment in charging facilities is an important area of investment.
For example, Volkswagen is developing flexible charging stations in China through a joint venture with DU-POWER and cooperates with E.ON to develop fast chargers equipped with battery storage technology. In April, the Volkswagen Group announced a partnership with BP to deploy more than 8,000 electric vehicle charging stations in the EU and the UK.
Volkswagen is piloting a fast-charging station in the German state of Saxony, which consists of power storage containers (PSCs), each with a net capacity of 570 kWh, and 96 recyclables inside the container, Volkswagen said. car battery. Previously, these batteries were used in pre-production ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles.
Volkswagen says these power storage containers can later enable high-power charging in regions where the maximum AC charging power is only 11 kWh. “Reusing batteries is very important for the future, and with these electricity storage containers, Volkswagen is giving these batteries a second life,” said Karen Kutzner, managing director of finance and control at Volkswagen Saxony. This innovation will provide new impetus for the construction of fast charging stations.
Meanwhile, VW said the charging stations were inspired by similar products developed by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi, which demonstrated the technology last year using used batteries.
Volkswagen’s new charging station currently consists of four charging piles, each with an output power of 150 kilowatts, and can be divided into two chargers with an output power of 75 kilowatts. So up to 8 vehicles can be charged at the same time. It is expected that by the end of this year, Volkswagen will have three new charging stations put into use.
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