At today’s ceremony, Diess underscored the tight bond that Volkswagen shares with the city of Wolfsburg and residents at the site of the Group’s headquarters. “Wolfsburg and the people who live here need a successful Volkswagen. This means one thing: We have to become more productive, open and faster. In return, Volkswagen needs to have a livable, progressive Wolfsburg, a city that is willing to change.”
Lord Mayor Klaus Mohrs stressed one point:
“The future of Volkswagen and Wolfsburg lies in the development smart forms of mobility. As the location of the company’s headquarters, Wolfsburg serves as a laboratory where VW’s new products undergo their first real-world test. The e-charging stations represent another important step in work to create a high-performance network of charging locations. This is what we need to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles. E-mobility will improve the quality of air in our cities and will make them quieter.”
The mobile charging stations were developed by Volkswagen’s Components Division. They will serve as an ideal bridging technology that can support the ramp-up of electromobility. The fast-charging stations work independently of the power grid and can be set up flexibly to meet particular needs. They employ the principle of a powerbank for e-vehicles.
A working group for charging infrastructure set up by the city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen under the umbrella of #WolfsburgDigital is currently putting the final touches on a complete concept and a milestone plan that will show when and where the fast-charging infrastructure will be set up in the city. The specific and visible steps are scheduled to start in 2019.
The city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen are working jointly to turn Wolfsburg into a “smart city” and a role model for other cities.
Facts about the mobile charging stations (part of the overall gift)
- The first fast-charging system that is independent of the power grid and that offers green power
- Free charging for Wolfsburg residents and visitors during pilot operations
- Simultaneous charging capabilities for up to four vehicles and e-bikes
- Capacity of about 200kWh
- First stations starting at the end of March 2019
- A total of 12 charging stations planned for Wolfsburg
- Bridging technology for national setup of fast-charging stations --> expansion of knowledge about future needs in individual city districts