Volkswagen Champions new plug-and-play E.On EV charging stations
In a study from July 2021, the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) calculated 225,000 charging stations across the continent. While that number far outstrips other regions of the world, the ACEA also found that Europe needs to build 6 million more terminals to meet its target of halving emissions by 2030.
Of course, setting up charging stations requires construction and infrastructure work that often increases costs and slows down projects. However, if charging modules can be connected to the power grid quickly and easily, this will go a long way towards achieving the EU’s ambitious emissions targets. This is exactly what the automotive giant Volkswagen and the electric charging station manufacturer E.On have in mind with the new E.On Booster Drive.
Equipped with an integrated battery storage, the plug-and-play terminal only needs a socket connection instead of expensive patches in an existing power grid. Despite the simple installation, the E.On Booster Drive lives up to its name by charging two vehicles with 150 kW at the same time. At this speed, both cars will gain 200 km (124 miles) of range in just 15 minutes.
âWe have decided to work with strong partners to set up the charging infrastructure in order to quintuple the number of fast charging stations in Europe by 2025,â said Thomas Schmall, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. âOur cooperation with E.On enables us to use the fast charging stations developed and produced by Volkswagen Group Components. They are ideal to support the rapid construction of the charging infrastructure, as the time and costs for their installation are minimal. “
While the new generation of E.On chargers are simpler and faster than most of their competitors, the technology is still reserved for Germany for the time being. Fortunately, E. On recently anointed the first Booster Drive system in Essen and the brand continues to market the trouble-free terminal. Hopefully the joint effort by Volkswagen and E.On will prove fruitful and will soon be extended to the rest of Europe.