NEWS COMMENTARY

VW takes a bold step into the fast-charging infrastructure space

Published:
January 31, 2019
Coverage:
Owning the Energy Transition More...
Activities:
Markets More...
by Tim Grejtak
Very important

The Volkswagen Group announced that it would manufacture its own fast charging systems for its future lineup of electric vehicles starting in 2020. VW's new fast charging platform would integrate energy storage to buffer fast charging sessions, and that integrated storage would be modeled after VW's Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB) platform, which would allow easy second-life use of old EV batteries when they become available. VW is building a consolidated electric mobility solution that connects its new electricity retail arm, Elli, through its new charging infrastructure products to its future electric vehicles, while integrating both upstream materials and downstream second-life products. Clients should model VW, but act quickly. 

For the original news article, click here .


Further Reading

Volvo partners with Greenlots to supply conventional charging infrastructure for its electric truck pilot project in California

News Commentary | November 20, 2018

In 2019 Volvo will deploy 23 demonstration, pre‑commercial, and commercial heavy‑duty electric trucks in California; the company has now partnered with Greenlots to support these trucks with Level 2 and 150 kW fast chargers integrated with on‑site solar PV and energy storage systems. Unlike Tesla's ... Not part of subscription

Electrify America's automated charging stations won't likely beat wireless charging

News Commentary | August 05, 2019

The idea of robotic arms performing the task of charging EVs isn't new; Tesla prototyped the idea in 2015, proving that the concept is technically feasible. Automated vehicle charging will be a necessity for self‑driving vehicles, but Lux believes wireless charging is a much more promising ... Not part of subscription

Researchers use deep learning AI to optimize electric vehicles for ride-hailing services

News Commentary | January 06, 2020

The future of mobility includes electric drivetrains and ride‑hailing, sometimes at the same time, as efforts by DiDi, VW, and others highlight. However, optimizing electric vehicles for ride‑hailing is tricky; researchers from Lawrence Livermore now claim that deep reinforcement learning can help. ... To read more, click here.