Opel Installs Over 160 Charging Stations At R&D Center

NOV 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 9

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller: “Opel will be electric.”

Opel announced a new project at the Engineering Center at the company headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Within a few months, more than 160 charging stations are to be installed to create a laboratory for electric mobility.

The new infrastructure will become handy as Opel intends to introduce four electrified models by 2020, and have an electrified version of each passenger model by 2024.

“Together with Kassel University, FLAVIA IT and PLUG’n CHARGE, the two latter companies that specialize in charging infrastructure, the carmaker will conduct research into the ideal setup of the electricity grid for the future. The three-year project “E-Mobility-LAB Hessen” is scheduled to receive supportfrom the Hessian Ministry for Economy, Energy, Transport and State Development with funds provided by the European Regional Development Fund. In return, Opel will set up an intelligent charging and infrastructure system for electric cars in its Engineering Center.

In total, more than 160 charging stations, which will charge the electric car fleet of the Engineering Center in future, will be created. Extensive and well-founded simulations of numerous scenarios will be possible based on actual data, ensuring the transferability of the results. The concept was developed together with House of Energy, the think tank of the Hessian energy transition.”

Another thing is that Opel will install an energy storage system, using 18 battery packs from the Ampera (aka Chevrolet Volt) – a second-life battery project.

“In addition, a modular battery storage, which will reuse Opel Ampera batteries to temporarily store electricity, will be installed in the Test Center Rodgau-Dudenhofen. This so-called stationary “second life” application targets mitigating peak loads and thus stabilizing the electricity grid. A total of 18 vehicle batteries will be reused in the battery storage, which has the storage capacity to a supply a four-person household with electricity for a month.”

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said:

“Opel will be electric. We are now creating the required charging infrastructure at our Engineering Center in Rüsselsheim and simultaneously supporting politics and the authorities in the creation of an appropriate charging infrastructure. One thing is clear: electric-mobility will only be a success if vehicle development and expansion of the charging infrastructure go hand in hand,”.

Tarek Al-Wazir, Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse said:

“The energy transition is underway, now we need to make progress with the transport transition, especially in Hesse where around half of the energy demand can be attributed to transport. That is why we are driving electric-mobility by, amongst others, the widespread support for charging infrastructure. We are delighted that a Hessian carmaker in Opel will be playing an innovative and guiding part in developing the mobility of tomorrow,”.

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IMHO, we need a single site where a car can be taken and tested against all the different chargers in the world. Then the car can be ‘certified’ to use that type of charger. It allows any ‘quirks’ in between the cp and the car to be ironed out.
Just my £0.02p worth.

What!!?? If it’s a CCS plug on the car, it’ll work on a CCS fast charger, and if there’s a CHadeMO plug on the LEAF, it’ll work on any CHadeMO fast charger.

That the expectation, but it doesn’t always work.

It’ll be interesting to see whether there’s any differentiation between Opel EVs and other PSA EVs, drivetrain wise… Otherwise, I don’t see the point of 4 different badgings of many PSA models rather than the current 2 (adding Opel & Vauxhall to Peugeot & Citroën).

You forgot the fifth brand DS Automobiles, the premium sub brand of Citroën:
However Opel & Vauxhall models are identical except that the Vauxhall has the steering wheel in the right side vs. the left side for Opel.

Back in the day Vauxhall was a separate brand and sold their cars in left and right side markets.

Vauxhall was acquired by GM in 1925, even earlier than they bought up Opel. AFAIK, there hasn’t been a Vauxhall car outside the UK & Channel islands for ~40 years.

I don’t consider DS a true brand — it’s just a trim level to justify a few very overpriced Citroëns (and a travesty to steal the historical DS car’s designation).
Formally, they’re not a sub-brand — they’re an independent brand and the word “Citroën” doesn’t appear anywhere on the cars or in their literature, or on their website
It’s so ridiculous, that even in the history pages on that website, that brag about the classic DS car, nowhere do they mention that it was a Citroën (-:

Everyone locally refers to them as Citroëns (their salespeople, the public, motor journalists), so that strategy doesn’t seem to be working… Also, they sold only 50K cars in 2017.

They do this with all kinds of products ranging from food, electronics, sports equipment and clothing.
They direct their different brands at different customer groups, they can sell their products from different distributors in the same area – without having to lower their prices. They can crowd the market, and make it harder for real competitors to enter the market.