What Is This? Volkswagen Testing An E-Up!, With A CHAdeMO Connector?

4 years ago by Mark Kane 6

A prototype of the Volkswagen E-Up! connected to the CHAdeMO quick charger

A prototype of the Volkswagen E-Up! connected to the CHAdeMO quick charger

Gordon Strömfelt, a Swedish electric vehicle enthusiast, published in early May on his blog an interesting photo of the Volkswagen E-Up! connected to a CHAdeMO quick charger in Gothenburg.

Volkswagen e-up!

VW E-Up!

It is an unusual image for sure because the German manufacturer, together with Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Ford and General Motors, opted to use of Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors.¬† So, what’s up with this CHAdeMO E-Up!

Implementation of such a connection in the E-Up!, which will enter production later this year, seems to indicate that the German manufacturer is examining the possibilityCHAdeMO , or perhaps just temporarily using CHAdeMO quick chargers in the testing program because CCS points aren’t ready.

Anyways, this is quite an unusual sight that must put some smiles on the CHAdeMO Association directors faces.

Audi R8 e-tron

Audi R8 e-tron

Last year, we also found that Audi equipped the R8 e-tron with a quick-charge CHAdeMO inlet alongside 3-phase IEC 62196-2 Type 2.

Source: Blixtgordon via Electric Vehicle News

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6 responses to "What Is This? Volkswagen Testing An E-Up!, With A CHAdeMO Connector?"

  1. EV News says:

    Why don’t you credit the source where you actually found this story mate?

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Added…Thanks…Editorial oversight on our behalf.

      1. EV News says:

        Much appreciated!

  2. ira says:

    The VW looks cute. Blow up the picture of the Stock pic and you’ll see that the rear windows are those funky push out vent windows. Never have seen that done before on a 4 door car. Hope that’s not a production ready version. Seems cheap on the tacky tacky side!

  3. bloggin says:

    Looks like automakers will use whatever charger type available for testing purposes. But VW/Audi won’t be bringing the Japanese standard to the US.

    1. io says:

      If even GM manages to find a CCS proto charger for its testing, so could VW.
      Yet, what do we see in front of their R&D center in Belmont, California?
      http://www.recargo.com/sites/1701