Volkswagen Reveals Portable EV Charging Points

Wed 2nd Jan 2019

German car giant Volkswagen may have revolutionised the future of electric vehicle charging by unveiling a system of portable charging points.

The 360kWh chargers are independent from any power source which means that they can be moved from location to location and can be used to charge up to 15 electric vehicles before needing to be replaced. The units can charge four vehicles at the same time.

Speaking about the revolutionary concept, Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Thomas Schmall, described the mobile chargers as “a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points'.

“They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply. This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure.”

The units will be launched in Volkswagen’s home city of Wolfsburg in early 2019 before being rolled out across Germany in the remainder of the year. It is thought that the initial use of the portable unit will allow motoring authorities trial the best locations to set up permanent charging points.

As EV cars become more popular, the portable EV chargers could also be used at major events to provide power to cars for those who attend.

The units have the ability to report when capacity falls below 20 per cent in order for the unit to be replaced, and there will also be an option to connect the portable EV charger to a 30kW power supply that can recharge the unit.