Audi pilots concept for quick charging
Audi’s electric offensive is picking up speed: For the first time ever, more than half of the newly introduced models are electrified in 2021. The recently introduced Q4 e-tron series offers an attractively priced step into premium electric mobility and is also an important volume building block of the electrification strategy. With the growing number of electric models, the requirements for the charging infrastructure will also grow.
Flexible and sustainable concept: 2.45 Mwh storage
The flexible container cubes fulfill various technical requirements and house charging pillars as well as used lithium ion batteries for energy storage. The use of 2nd life modules from disassembled development vehicles doesn’t just give the battery cells a new, sustainable purpose – it also provides a great benefit in their suitability as ancillary storage for direct current.
Thanks to this huge interim storage – roughly 2.45 Mwh – the six charging stations, which have a charging output of up to 300 kW, only need a standard 400 volt high-voltage hook-up. That makes output starting at 11 kW per cube sufficient to be able to fill the three storage modules with a total capacity of 2.45 MWh continually and to charge them overnight. Photovoltaic modules on the roof provide additional green energy.
Premium: Lounge area upstairs
It only takes a little longer than a coffee break to charge an electric Audi To make the wait a true premium experience, a lounge will provide Audi customers with the perfect setting for an enjoyable charging stop. A variety of amenities and a range of snacks, drinks and non-food items make the charging stop a welcome break.
Trials and practical test: Pilot to launch in late summer
It is planned to go into operation in the second half of the year. The findings about day-to-day operations and customer acceptance that are generated from this will be decisive for further implementation of the concept. The plan for the pilot phase also calls for drivers of other brand cars to be able to use charging stations that are open and not reserved as well as parts of the lounge.
May 28, 2021 at 19:23