Without a dense and operational charging infrastructure, the electric vehicle has no chance of attracting a large audience. Also, some manufacturers have decided to develop a network up to the challenge themselves.
This is the case of Volkswagen, which brings together several brands within it. The German manufacturer has provided an update on its network of terminals under development. By the end of 2022, nearly 15,000 ultra-fast charging stations (up to 350 kW) had been put into service. This is a third of the objective of 45,000 terminals by 2025.
According to the established schedule, nearly 10,000 ultra-fast charging points will be accessible in Europe and up to 25,000 worldwide by the end of 2023.
By 2025, Volkswagen expects to install 18,000 ultra-fast stations in Europe, 10,000 in North America and 17,000 in China.
For the European network, the German manufacturer will rely on the Ionity consortium, in which it is a shareholder like Audi and Porsche, on Ewiva, a joint venture created with the Italian Enel, as well as on Iberdrola and BP for Spain. .
For the North American continent, the partner is Electrify America while in China, it is CAMS.
Volkswagen will also be able to count on the charging networks (Charging Hubs) set up by Porsche in Germany, but also in Spain. Ditto with Audi, which opened a pilot station in Nuremberg. This should soon be followed by Berlin, Salzburg and Zurich. In the case of Porsche and Audi, these charging stations are coupled with private lounges or loungeslike what the airlines offer.
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