Volkswagen Reveals a Portable EV Charging Station
German automaker Volkswagen has revealed the first glimpse of its mobile quick charging station for electric vehicles (EVs), which is set go into production in 2020.
With this first glimpse, Volkswagen has demonstrated that it's possible to provide temporary charging facilities, which will open up new avenues for the future expansion of EV charging networks.
Unlike fixed EV chargers stations, the mobile EV chargers can be brought to areas where EV charging might be in high-demand, such as large scale public events where there might be many electric vehicles in need of a charge.
Volkswagen says the EV chargers have a maximum capacity of 360 kWh and provide enough energy to recharge up to 15 electric vehicles. In addition, the mobile chargers feature fast charging which can takes about 17 minutes per vehicle to reach an 80 percent charge.
The charging stations are not limited to EVs. Virtually any electric vehicle, such as electric scooters and e-bikes, can be charged by the system. The chargers can deliver current to four vehicles simultaneously via two DC and two AC connections.
When the energy level of the charging station falls below 20 percent, the depleted system can simply be exchanged for a fully charged one. However, VW says the chargers can be permanently connected to a 30kW AC power supply, keeping the on-board batteries fully charged, so the station is relatively maintenance free.
Although the project is still in development, the first stations will be set up in Volkswagen's hometown in Germany as part of a pilot program beginning in the first half of 2019. After the pilot, the charging stations will be rolled out across Germany in 2020.
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