Volkswagen on Thursday joined a short list of companies looking to change the plaguing image of meagre charging stations for the rising number of electric vehicles. On Thursday, the company revealed a mobile fast-charging station for electric cars that is slated to commence by 2019.
While VW is not the first company to develop mobile fast-charging stations, it is the first automaker to do so. Ahead of this, Freewire Technologies, backed by BP has already launched its mobile fast chargers.
VW claims that the portable stations can be used as a permanent one with a power supply up to 30kW
VW believes that the portable charging stations can help the decision-makers to understand the best locations for drivers to take advantage of the charger before installing a permanent infrastructure. Additionally, it is believed that the technology behind the portable charging stations in comparatively simple too.
In simple terms, the mobile stations act just like a power bank for a smartphone which can move to wherever the charge is needed. VW claims that its new tech can recharge in roughly 17 minutes on the fast charger. When the energy content of the station falls below 20 per cent the operator can simply switch with the fully charged station.
The mobile stations act just like a power bank for a smartphone which can move to wherever the charge is needed
Additionally, VW also claims that the portable stations can be turned into permanent ones when connected to a power supply of up to 30kW. The first station according to Volkswagen is expected to be deployed in Wolfsburg, Germany next year. In the following year in 2020, the German auto giant is expecting to expand the innovative charger to other cities as well. This falls in line with the brand’s first electric car that will debut next year and mark the beginning of VW’s transition to an electric future.
The company also envisions a scenario in which numerous mobile stations could roll out a large-scale event to meet demand and then head elsewhere based on shifting demand.