E.ON, VW partner on resilient, cost-effective ultra-fast EV charging


German utility E.ON has partnered with Volkswagen Group Components to help industry deploy ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems much faster and cheaper than previously assumed.

The new technology comprises of a battery storage system and EV charging components and is installed according to the plug & play principle – simply put them down, connect them and configure them online.

The system can charge two EVs with up to 150KW of power at the same time to provide a range of around 200km in just 15 minutes.

The battery installed is permanently fed by a conventional 16 to 63 ampere power connection to ensure it always has power.

E.ON will feed the EV chargers with green energy and remotely operate and maintain them as well as carry out billing processes via a 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.

The business model was developed jointly by E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components and will be tested at six motorway filling stations and then launched on the German market under the name E.ON Drive Booster.

The development falls under efforts by E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components to accelerate the deployment of EV chargers almost anywhere and at significantly lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection in a bid to increase the adoption of EVs.

E.ON Board of Management member Karsten Wildberger: “E.ON made progress in electromobility years ago and has brought its own ultra-fast filling stations to the motorways of Europe. From the very beginning, we have been concerned with the wishes and problems of our customers and are now taking the next step towards the future with Volkswagen Group Components. By joining forces, we can now offer our customers flexible ultra-fast charging systems that are faster, simpler and cheaper than conventional solutions.”