Volkswagen Reveals Its Mobile Fast Charging Station In Geneva

MAR 5 2019 BY MARK KANE 13

Here is the Volkswagen MEB-based DC fast charger with ESS

Volkswagen Group Components unveiled in Geneva a near-series design study of its flexible fast charging station, which will enter series production in 2020 in Hanover.

The first of those multi-head 100 kW fast chargers with 360 kWh of energy storage is to be installed later this year in Wolfsburg. In total, Wolfsburg will get 80 mobile fast chargers.

Volkswagen Mobile Charging Station:

  • CCS Combo DC output of up to 100 kW
  • can charge up to 4 vehicles at the same time (but it includes bikes)
  • comes with 360 kWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system
  • battery modules are shared with Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform
  • can work off-grid or with a connection to electric grid (up to 30 kW)
  • ready for 2nd life application (partially used batteries from electric cars)

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

A solution waiting to find a problem………..or create a problem to pretend you have the solution for?

Do charging stations always have to be fixed to a certain location?

Why not have both fixed and mobile charging stations?

If it makes the process of charging more convenient for the users, then I think that it certainly is an improvement.

Great idea, well done.

For electric race track days I can see a real use for temporary charge stations. It is not just that most tracks would not put in a lot of chargers, it also is the demand costs of charging a number of BEVs in a short time.

With these you can storage power at a lower charge rate, yet charge racing cars at their max rate without having to pay the demand charges.

All racetracks have electricity – if the demand charge is to high, then buy just the batteries – no need to truck batteries and a do-everything-solve-nothing box around.

Rubish. You don’t just buy batteries and chargers if you know they will be used a few times per year

These ultra charge solutions are really just a wow marketing factor.
Most people will charge passively while they sleep, or at work or when they are parked at the supermarket, or even when they are just parked because cities will introduce charging infrastructure at the curb to encourage the take up of EV’s. As Batteries become more energy dense, in a few years EV’s with 600-700km range will become available. The advent of driverless vehicles will also render these expensive units redundant

These ultra-fast chargers will have limited use cases on autobahns or for high kilometer commercial vehicles.

For everyday consumer vehicles, people will tend to avoid these ultrachargers because of the high cost of charging.

I think you are missing the point. There are times and places such as race meetings, festivals etc that can’t justify putting in a fixed charging network for only a few days a year. So… like portable toilets and food outlets, a portable EV charger would be ideal.
There are also locations (mostly rural or small islands) that can’t supply the power that modern EV’s need to charge. Something like this is a self contained Charger plus battery. It can charge itself using a lower capacity grid connection while still allowing a number of vehicles to fast charge.

A “mobile station”. Is that like “jumbo shrimp” or “genuine imitation”? 😉

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

No, “Original Copy”.

The rather obvious use case is to ‘install’ them in locations where putting in a ‘regular’ 100 kw charging station would be cost prohibitive due to upgrading the electrical service to the charger. As the article states (and this is not the first article on insiideevs to clearly spell this out) you can hook it up to a 30 kw power source which can pull at a steady rate 24/7 if necessary but can sustain the 100 kw pull for an extended period due to the battery pack. There are all kinds of older infrastructure locations for which this would work both in and out of the US. Or for that matter in the middle of nowhere where there isn’t any kind of readily available large power source but you have the space to deploy a simple solar array say 10kw to 30kw in size. So rapid deployment in an old parking garage or city parking lot with existing power source that is limited? Or spend a year trying to permit and build an upgraded power source which is going to cost a large sum?

Good move IMO. Apart from the obvious use case to extend their charging solution offering, the more strategical aspect is probably use of used car batteries and more importantly getting into into the energy business. The 80 chargers installed in Wolfsburg will add up to 28,8MWH. Tesla’s Hornsdale battery in Australia weighs in at 128 MWH as far as I remember so that’s quite some batteries deployed by Volkswagen, and that’s only in Wolfsburg. With autonomous cars and mobility services getting stronger it’s good to see they open up new revenue streams and business models.

Another Euro point of view

Seems great to test a future fixed charger location no ?