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How Volkswagen Is Preparing For An EV Invasion

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Its goal is 20 EVs in its lineup by 2025. How to charge them all?

Volkswagen wants nothing more than to move on from the Dieselgate fiasco once and for all. While several loose ends are still tied up in litigation, the German automaker will soon begin to unleash its I.D. branded lineup of electric vehicles next year. Its goal is to have 20 electric models in its lineup by 2025. Today, there are only two. The first batch of these EVs will all ride on its new MEB platform, such as the production-spec I.D hatchback. But how will charging this upcoming EV onslaught work?

VW has just announced one solution: mobile quick charging stations. These stations will be placed in public parking lots, buildings and large events and can easily and quickly be removed when no longer needed.

VW claims the EV charging process requires only an average of 17 minutes, though it does not specify whether that's a full charge. Each station can charge up to 15 EVs thanks to a battery storage capacity of 360 kilowatt-hours. Up to four vehicles can be charged at the same time, two with AC connections and two with DC quick-charging connections. Once the mobile charging station's energy is depleted, it can simply be swapped for a fresh one. But when this mobile charging station is connected to a power supply, it can be recharged constantly. They can even be recharged with solar or wind energy. VW even recommends reusing batteries from EVs to power these stations. It's best to think of these mobile charging stations as a stop-gap measure until a larger charging infrastructure is in place.

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"The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points," said Thomas Schmall, chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components. "Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily - exactly when and where they are needed."

VW will begin deploying these charging stations in the first half of 2019 in its hometown of Wolfsburg, Germany. Starting in 2020, they will spread to additional cities.