E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components are cooperating to establish a network of ultra-fast charging stations that are simple and inexpensive.
The companies have developed a new, flexible ultra-fast charging station that will be presented in Essen. By integrating a battery system, it will be possible to install the charging stations almost anywhere and at significantly lower cost without civil engineering or mains connection.
E.ON is seeing demand for this solution from municipal utilities and local authorities as well as from filling stations and service areas. In addition, the offer is tailored to the electrification of retail parking lots and logistics companies such as parcel services.
The stations are installed according to the plug & play principle – simply put them down, connect them and configure them online. The quick charging system can charge two e-cars with up to 150 kilowatts of power at the same time, thus providing an additional range of around 200 km on average in just 15 minutes. To ensure that the battery installed in the charging station always has sufficient capacity, it is permanently fed by a conventional 16 to 63 ampere power connection. E.ON says it will operate the rapid chargers exclusively with green electricity. Updates, remote maintenance and billing of the charging points will be carried out via E.ON's central software platform. The technology meets all the requirements for financial support under both the EU and the German directive and complies with the requirements of calibration law.
Volkswagen Group Components will start series production this year. In the second half of the year, E.ON will test the new charging points at six motorway filling stations and then launch them on the German market under the name E.ON Drive Booster.