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Volkswagen teases portable electric vehicle fast charger

Volkswagen teases portable electric vehicle fast-charging station, claims it can charge a battery in 17 minutes…to be rolled out in first half of 2019.

Volkswagen has teased its portable electric vehicle fast-charging station which it claims takes just 17 minutes to charge an electric vehicle’s battery. The portable station will be rolled out in the first-half of 2019 as part of a pilot program at VW HQ. It hopes to roll out the charging stations to cities and towns in Germany from 2020.

The portable charging station works like a giant ‘power bank’ which anyone with a smartphone will probably own. This means, the station itself is charged and can then be rolled out to whatever location it’s needed at, charging 4 electric vehicles simultaneously with enough grunt to fully charge 15 e-vehicles.

In a statement, Volkswagen said: “The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID. family to be charged in stand-alone operation. Thanks to quick charging technology, the charging process only takes 17 minutes on average. If the energy content of the integrated battery set is less than 20 percent, the depleted charging station is simply exchanged for a charged one. If, however, it is permanently attached to the power supply with up to 30 kW via alternating current, the battery pack perpetually recharges itself”.

Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, says: “The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points. They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply. This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure. Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

“Our mobile charging stations offer a further crucial advantage,” says Mark Möller, Head of Technical Development at Volkswagen Group Components. “It is only when an electric car is charged with sustainably generated power that it can claim CO2-neutral mobility. Our charging station is the first to offer the possibility of temporarily storing sustainably generated power.”


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.