Volkswagen will significantly expand its charging infrastructure, and e-mobility investment.
Volkswagen will begin to expand the charging infrastructure across its German sites. They are planning 750 new charging points that are all planned for use in 2021, they will include the first High Power Charging stations with up to 300 kW power. VW have promised 2,000 charging points in total to be in operation by the end of 2021 – that’s more than a 50 percent increase on present units. Currently, there are 1,200 charging points across the ten VW sites in Germany. The majority are publicly accessible and can also be used by EV drivers who do not even work for Volkswagen. The biggest charging park with some 500 charging points is at Wolfsburg. Volkswagen have installed Further parks in Hanover, Brunswick, Salzgitter, Kassel, Emden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden. Throughout 2020, Volkswagen recorded well over 50,000 charging operations at its sites and this was despite the pandemic. All the power delivered to the charging parks is produced from renewable energy sources.
Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-mobility, said: “As announced, 2020 marked the start of Volkswagen’s major electric offensive. We successfully launched the ID.301, and are already following that up with the next model, the ID.402. Volkswagen is also making an important contribution to the urgently needed expansion of the charging infrastructure. We need significantly more charging points in Germany and Europe if electric vehicles are to establish themselves quickly. For that reason, all players from the fields of politics and industry must continue their efforts in the coming year.”
Volkswagen says some 4,000 charging points are to be installed at the brand’s sites by 2025. In addition the Volkswagen dealers are also expanding new charging options on a large scale. In future, every Volkswagen dealer in Germany will provide at least one AC charger with 11 kW power and one DC charger with 22 kW power. A global strategy is also expected as the group engages worldwide in setting up fast-charging networks – via IONITY in Europe, Electrify America in the USA and CAMS in China.
High demand for ID. Charger wallboxes
Volkswagen also offers proprietary wallboxes, charging services and green power tariffs via its subsidiary Elli. Home charging is increasing dramatically for example in the last three months alone, private wallbox deliveries by Elli ran at a five-digit figure. In Germany, demand is driven by government incentives for individuals with private charging stations, the user can qualify for a €900 bonus for the purchase of connected wall boxes.
It’s important to mention that Volkswagen was the first automaker which committed to the Paris Agreement, the company says it wishes to become climate neutral by 2050. Under its long-term planning for the next ten years, the Group intends to launch some 70 all-electric models by 2030. Around 20 of these are already in production, with 50 more to follow. The Planning Round envisages production of approximately 26 million fully electric cars by 2030. Volkswagen Group plans to spend some €35 billion on e-mobility alone.