Volkswagen Creates Power Banks For EVs, Mass Production Set For 2020

Volkswagen has taken the power bank idea and adapted it for electric vehicle use, a major step before they launch their ID family of EVs.

Created in-house, it’s called the mobile charging station and has a capacity of up to 360 kWh, which enables 15 zero-emission cars to be charged in a stand-alone operation.

Also, up to four electric vehicles can be charged simultaneously at one station, two with DC and two with AC connectors, says the German automaker. When the charging station is eventually depleted, it will be changed with a new, fully charged one.

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The mobile charging station for e-cars and e-bikes can also be connected to the power supply directly. This allows it to be charged with up to 30 kW via alternating current, so with this solution, the automaker won’t have to replace it when the battery runs out of juice.

The company has also thought about the temporary storage of sustainable generated power. “The charging station can be charged specifically with solar or wind energy, which is then transmitted to the electric vehicles during charging”, said the VW Group’s Head of Technical Development, Mark Moller.

Volkswagen will set up the first mobile quick charging stations in the first half of 2019, in their hometown of Wolfsburg, Germany, while supporting the expansion of the charging infrastructure in the urban area. One year later, the charging stations will be implemented in other cities, and their locations will be shared online or via mobile apps.

Mass production of this system will commence in 2020, and the technology is seen as crucial by Volkswagen, which will soon launch its EV offensive with the ID range.


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  • Mr. EP9

    Finally, we know have a date for when they’ll start.

  • OdysseyTag

    Interesting idea.

  • SteersUright

    we’re certainly heading into an interesting new future for transportation

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