Charging power levels are on an upward trend, as OEMs and charging providers strive to enable longer ranges and faster charging times.
Volkswagen is planning a major expansion of the charging infrastructure at its company facilities in Germany—some 750 new charging points are planned for 2021, and some of these will be High Power Charging stations offering up to 300 kW of power.
Volkswagen currently operates over 1,200 charging points at its ten German sites, many of them publicly accessible. The company says the power comes exclusively from renewable energy sources. The Volkswagen brand plans to have some 4,000 charging points at its sites by 2025. Volkswagen dealers are also expanding their charging options—in the future, every VW dealer in Germany will provide at least one 11 kW AC charger and one 22 kW DC charger.
Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-mobility, said, “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. 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.”