Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - January 6, 2021
Volkswagen plans 750 EV charger installations in Germany for 2021
Volkswagen announced Dec. 29 that it plans to install nearly 750 new electric vehicle charging stations in 2021 as part of a planned expansion of its charging infrastructure in Germany.
The auto manufacturer has already installed over 1,200 charging stations at its ten German sites, and nearly 2,000 are expected to be in operation by the end of 2021. The 750 new installations planned for this year include the first High Power Charging stations that feature up to 300 kW of charging power.
While the charging points are installed at Volkswagen sites, a large share are publicly accessible and will be available for EV drivers even if they don’t work for Volkswagen. Additionally, all the power used in the chargers comes from renewable sources.
“As announced, 2020 marked the start of Volkswagen’s major electric offensive,” Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-mobility, said in a statement. “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. 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 is also starting to pursue the development of infrastructure of home charging and plans to eventually provide at least one AC charger with 11 kW and one DC charger with 22 kW power at every German dealer. The brand intends to install 4,000 charging points at its sites by 2025.
The largest charging park is currently located in Wolfsburg, Germany, and features 500 charging points. Other charging parks have been installed in Hanover, Brunswick, Salzgitter, Kassel, Emden, Osnabrück, Zwickau, Chemnitz and Dresden.