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Volkswagen is Rapidly Expanding its EV Charging Infrastructure in Germany

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【Summary】​Volkswagen is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure in its home country of Germany. The automaker announced that 750 new charging points are planned for next year, including the first “High Power Charging” stations delivering up to 300 kW of power.

Eric Walz    Dec 29, 2020 2:45 PM PT
Volkswagen is Rapidly Expanding its EV Charging Infrastructure in Germany

Volkswagen is significantly expanding the charging infrastructure in its home country of Germany. The automaker plans to offer more than 20 new electric vehicles over the next several years and become one of the world's leading producers of battery-powered vehicles.

Volkswagen said that 750 new charging points are planned for next year, including the first "High Power Charging" stations delivering up to 300 kW of power. By next year, some 2,000 charging points are expected to be in operation, 50% more than the current number.

There are already more than 1,200 charging locations at Volkswagen's ten sites in Germany. A large share are publicly accessible and can also be used by EV drivers who do not work for Volkswagen, the company said. 

The largest of the charging stations is located in Wolfsburg with 500 charging points. 

Additional charging sites have been installed in Hanover, Brunswick, Salzgitter, Kassel, Emden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden.

In the last twelve months alone, Volkswagen drivers initiated over 50,000 charging sessions at its German charging sites, despite the global pandemic which kept many EV drivers at home. 

Volkswagen also said that there is strong demand for charging-at-home equipment for the upcoming ID.4 electric crossover. Like Tesla, Volkswagen offers proprietary wallboxes via its subsidiary Elli. The automaker said that in the last three months alone, private wallbox deliveries by Elli topped 10,000.

Germany has established an incentive program for private charging stations that offers a €900 (US$1,102) bonus for the purchase of connected wallboxes. Volkswagen supplies two models eligible for the bonus—the ID. Charger Connect and the ID. Charger Pro. 

All of the power for EV charging comes exclusively from renewable energy sources, the automaker said. The auto industry's shift to electric cars is opening up new business opportunities in the building of EV charging infrastructure powered by 100% renewable energy.

"As announced, 2020 marked the start of Volkswagen's major electric offensive. We successfully launched the ID.3, and are already following that up with the next model, the ID.4. Volkswagen is also making an important contribution to the urgently needed expansion of the charging infrastructure," said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-mobility. "We need significantly more charging points in Germany and Europe if electric vehicles are to establish themselves quickly."

Volkswagen has a comprehensive commitment to charging. Some 4,000 charging points will be installed at Volkswagen-branded charging sites by 2025. Volkswagen dealers are also expanding new EV charging options on a large scale. 

In future, every Volkswagen dealer in Germany will provide at least one 11 kW  AC charger and one 22 kW DC charger, the automaker said.

In addition to expanding its charging network in Germany, the Volkswagen Group is setting up fast-charging networks with charging partner IONITY in Europe, Electrify America in the U.S. and in China with its CAMS New Energy Technology joint venture. 

Volkswagen was the first automaker to fully commit to the Paris Agreement and aims to become climate neutral by 2050. The automaker plans to be one of the world's biggest producers of electric vehicles. The company plans to launch around 70 all-electric models by 2030. Approximately 20 of these new battery-powered models are already in production, with 50 more to follow. 

The Volkswagen Group plans to invest some €35 billion (US$43 billion) on electrification alone.

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