- Pilot project for the reuse of batteries from ID.3 and ID.4 at the end of their service lives
- Goal: to promote the buildup of fast-charging infrastructure in residential areas
- Karen Kutzner, managing director for finance and controlling at Volkswagen Sachsen: “A practical, cost-effective and useful case to enable cell modules at the end of their service lives to have a second life.”
96 MEB cell modules reused: Volkswagen Sachsen couples fast-charging park with mega power bank
Today, at the Zwickau vehicle plant, Volkswagen commissioned the first fast-charging park in Saxony, which is supplied with energy largely from a so-called power storage container (PSC). The PSC is a type of enormous electricity storage unit and consists of 96 cell modules with a net capacity of 570 kWh. The advantage is that fast-charging infrastructure can be built nearly anywhere, even if in places with a low-capacity grid connection. Residential areas are one example of where this could be used. Additionally, this solution is sustainable: all cell modules in the PSC were formerly installed as batteries in pre-production models of the ID.3 and ID.4 and have now been given a second purpose. With the pilot project, Volkswagen Sachsen is putting its technology expertise on display, which goes beyond the manufacturing of its six all-electric vehicles. Two other central German companies – AW Automotive and Automotive Research – were involved in the realization of the project.