We have powerbanks for our smart devices and soon we will have “powerbanks” for our electric cars, according to Volkswagen.
The German automaker has just revealed the company’s future mobile quick charging station that has the flexibility to be installed and provide power supply wherever it is needed. The portable charging station functions according to the principle of a power bank – but for cars.
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, Thomas Schmall said: “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.”
Imagine having a large-scale function at an open location, the mobile charging station can provide temporary charging solution for attendees to charge their electric vehicles on location. These charging stations have a total battery storage capacity of up to 360 kWh which can fully charge approximately 15 electric vehicles. Each charging station also features DC quick charging compatibility and can charge up to four vehicles simultaneously.
The first mobile quick charging stations will be set up as early as the first half of 2019 in Volkswagen’s hometown as part of a pilot project and will support the expansion of charging infrastructure in the urban area.