VW reveals pilot plans for 17 minute mobile EV charger


Volkswagen has revealed details of their mobile electric vehicle charging station, planned for trials in 2019.

The mobile stations will be able to operate independently of the local power supply, will be quick to set up, and easily adaptable to a range of conditions.

With a 360kWh fast-charge capacity provided by a small power bank, the international automaker estimates a charge time of approximately 17 minutes per vehicle.

Mobile charging units can also be permanently connected to the power supply, maintaining full charge whilst also providing temporary storage for renewable power.

The first mobile quick charging stations are planned for setup in the first half of 2019, as part of a pilot project, with plans for a larger rollout to follow in 2020.

Volkswagen anticipates the portable infrastructure will be used by cities and councils to test proposed charging point locations.

Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, was noted as saying: “The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward future, highly efficient networks of charging points.
“They can be set up anywhere as required, with or without connection to the power supply.”