Volkswagen announces a new charging facility made with repurposed EV batteries
Volkswagen is getting better and better known as an electric vehicle marque; however, the company has taken the opportunity to shed light on its charging tech for the same in the course of its latest press release. It is based on "power storage containers" (or PSCs) of 570 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of net capacity each.
These giant, car-ready power-banks act as replacements for the more traditional transformer station to keep 4 charging stations, now located at the western gate of Volkswagen's plant in Zwickau, Saxony, juiced up. Each station has a 150kW output, but can be split between 2 75kW vehicle chargers.
Therefore, the new charging park is rated to charge up to 8 cars simultaneously. The OEM asserts that the infrastructure developed for its PSCs "can be built nearly anywhere", regardless of whether a high-capacity grid is available or not.
Each container is made of 96 cell modules, which can be sourced from ID.-series car batteries that have reached the end of their lives. Furthermore, the initial park on which it is based is described as partially solar-powered.