Volkswagen has confirmed series production of its mobile rapid charging station will begin next year, as the German manufacturer looks to develop EV charging infrastructure alongside its forthcoming ID. electric vehicles.
The new units will be built at VW’s Hannover components plant, with production of the EV charging systems replacing the manufacturing of conventional engine components.
Using systems used on VW’s MEB modular electric vehicle architecture, the mobile rapid chargers are capable of charging up to four EVs at a time, and will also be used as energy storage devices.
Capable of being hooded up to the mains or charged and then deployed at temporary sites, the rapid chargers will first be part of a pilot project in Wolfsburg, before series production starts in earnest in 2020.
Designed to use the same batteries as the likes of the forthcoming ID. models, the units work like a powerbank – as many own to top up their mobiles or tablets on the go – though capable of recharging cars.