Volkswagen is set to improve charging infrastructure across the UK and Europe, to help drivers make the switch. The VW Group will be installing a total of 36,000 charging points by 2025 and 11,000 of these cars are set to be developed by the brand. Destinations for the 11,000 VW built points will be at Volkswagen plants and at about 3,000 Volkswagen dealerships in all large towns and cities. These points are set to be destination chargers and offer a decent charge at an improved rate from a standard plug.
They will, however, not be as powerful as the Supercharger network or IONITY charge points – the latter of which the firm invests in.
Together with industrial partners, Volkswagen will also be installing 400 fast charging stations with up to 2,400 charging points along major routes and highways throughout Europe by 2020 under the IONITY umbrella.
“Charging infrastructure will increasingly become the crucial factor for the rapid breakthrough of e-mobility in Germany,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for E-Mobility.
“Charging an electric car must become just as easy and normal as charging a smart phone.
“This is why we need significantly more charging stations in public spaces and simple rules for the installation of private Wallboxes.
“Volkswagen intends to send out a signal and is becoming involved in the development of charging infrastructure at all levels.”
Estimates by the car firm have suggested that around 70 per cent of charging will take place at home or at work in future.
Elli, a VW owned company, will be offering complete charging solutions for companies and consumers to meet these requirements from 2020 onwards.
It will also be introducing 4,000 points for its workers at plants, many of which are reportedly set to be made available to the public.
“There is potential for e-mobility to become a genuine success story in Germany,” added Thomas Ulbrich.
“If industry and politicians make a concerted effort, we can overcome the challenges of charging infrastructure very fast.
“Similarly, we can only master the technology-driven structural transformation in our industry by working together. Germany needs an e-mobility masterplan.”
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