Volkswagen is currently working on a mobile charging station that can charge vehicles that run on electricity (or hybrid vehicles) wherever it’s necessary. These stations could be moved in for large events, such as concerts, or they can be more conventional and stand-alone.
Charge on the Move
While the station isn’t designed to ride with drivers, the station itself can be moved to almost any location. The station is self-charging, as well, and can charge at rates of up to 30kW when it is plugged into any external powering source. Operators can easily swap stations with depleted battery packs for fresh stations as necessary. Stations can also be plugged in, which can reduce excess discharge and electricity use during high demand periods, ensuring that the grid stays balanced.
When to Expect Them
Currently, Volkswagen hasn’t said when they are going to deploy the charging stations on a larger scale. Their first stations are going to be put in Wolfsburg, Germany, which is VW’s hometown. The goal is for it to be set up in 2019 and be the pilot or testing station. If all goes well, more stations can be deployed and set up as early as 2020. Their ultimate goal is to make it easier for people to charge electric vehicles, ensuring that more people get interested in purchasing electric cars.