Will Battery Chargers in Car Parks & Malls Boost EV Take-Up?

VW say that a network of fast charging points for electric cars could be installed much quicker than previously thought, using battery tech, rather than setting up a netowork of domestic chargers all connected to a national grid. The move would perhaps solve the range anxiety that potential EV owners often feel. Although it does nothing to explain how all this extra electricity is going to be generated, once 30 million vehicles require charging every 2-4 days.

The establishment of a dense public network of ultra-fast e-vehicle charging stations can be realized much faster than previously assumed. E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components are giving a new impetus with the prototype of a new, flexible ultra-fast charging station that will be presented in Essen. By integrating a battery system, it will be possible to install ultra-fast charging stations almost anywhere and at significantly lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection.

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According to E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components, the new technology paves the way for a larger number of ultra-fast charging points to be installed where they are needed. E.ON is seeing demand for this solution from municipal utilities and local authorities as well as from filling stations and service areas. In addition, the offer is tailored to the electrification of retail parking lots and logistics companies such as parcel services.

Sounds good in theory, but of course private companies are not going to give away free electricity, so you’ll probably be charged to park at a shopping mall car park, or call in at an Amazon collection point – if you want to charge up your Nissan Leaf.

The stations are installed according to the plug & play principle, say VW – simply put them down, connect them and configure them online. The quick charging system can charge two e-cars with up to 150 kilowatts of power at the same time, thus providing an additional range of around 200 km on average in just 15 minutes. Curently the average pay-at-pump petrol station can see 10 cars refuel every five minutes, giving a range of 400-500 miles.

To ensure that the battery installed in the charging station always has sufficient capacity, it is permanently fed by a conventional 16 to 63 ampere power connection. E.ON will operate the rapid chargers exclusively with green electricity. Updates, remote maintenance and billing of the charging points will be carried out via E.ON’s central software platform. The technology meets all the requirements for financial support under both the EU and the German directive and complies with the requirements of calibration law.

Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, Thomas Schmall: “The  flexible  ultra-fast charging  station  developed  by us is an important  component  for a comprehensive network of charging points. At the same time, its innovative approach to quick and easy installation enables us to meet the needs of our customers. The cooperation with E.ON is an important step towards integrating this technology into the charging infrastructure quickly and in line with demand.”

The business model was developed jointly by E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components. The hardware component is an innovation of the automotive company combined with E.ON’s proven operator system and market knowledge. Volkswagen Group Components will start series production this year. In the second half of the year, E.ON will intensively test the new charging points at six motorway filling stations and then launch them on the German market under the name E.ON Drive Booster.

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