Published on July 3rd, 2018 | by Subhash Nair0
City of Wolfsburg Turns 80, VW Gifts Charging Stations and More
The CEO of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Herbert Diess, congratulated the city of Wolfsburg on its 80th anniversary today and gave it a truly electrifying gift to celebrate the occasion. The executive presented the city with 12 mobile charging stations and a long-term investment of in Wolfsburg’s electronic charging infrastructure that will be expanded step by step in accordance to the city’s needs – for a total amount of €10 million. Residents of the city can already see one of the charging stations: at Volkswagen’s booth set up as part of the festival being held on Porsche Street.
The mobile charging stations were developed by Volkswagen’s Components Division. They will serve as an ideal bridging technology that can support the ramp-up of electromobility. The fast-charging stations work independently of the power grid and can be set up flexibly to meet particular needs. They employ the principle of a powerbank for e-vehicles.
A working group for charging infrastructure set up by the city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen under the umbrella of #WolfsburgDigital is currently putting the final touches on a complete concept and a milestone plan that will show when and where the fast-charging infrastructure will be set up in the city. The specific and visible steps are scheduled to start in 2019.
The city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen are working jointly to turn Wolfsburg into a “smart city” and a role model for other cities.
Facts about the mobile charging stations:
- The first fast-charging system that is independent of the power grid and that offers green power
- Free charging for Wolfsburg residents and visitors during pilot operations
- Simultaneous charging capabilities for up to four vehicles and e-bikes
- Capacity of about 200kWh
- First stations starting at the end of March 2019
- A total of 12 charging stations planned for Wolfsburg
- Bridging technology for national setup of fast-charging stations –> expansion of knowledge about future needs in individual city districts