Volkswagen and oil giant BP on Thursday announced a partnership to install up to 8,000 urban charging stations across Europe by 2024.
The project will use VW’s Flexpole 150-kw DC fast-charging station, which can be installed at low-voltage grid points without the need for dedicated high-voltage hardware from conventional fast-charging stations, the automaker claimed. Each station has two charge points and a battery storage system.
Herbert Dice, CEO of VW and Bernard Looney, CEO of BP with Flexpole Charger
The first unit is now live and open to the public in Dুসsseldorf, Germany, VW said. This is the first of a planned 4,000 to be formed in the first phase of the rollout. These stations will be located at BP Fuel stations in the UK and the company’s Aral brand stations in Germany and will go live within the next 24 months.
If all goes according to plan, an additional 4,000 stations will be added in the UK, Germany and other European countries by 2024.
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Charger locations will be integrated with the navigation system of VW EVs, as well as Automaker’s Seat and Skoda brand, as well as car apps and VW’s European-Market Eli Charging app. They will also be included in the Aral and BP award programs.
More urban fast-charging options will be needed to serve apartment dwellers without the ability to electrify ride-hailing and install home charging stations. The lack of space for conventional charging stations on city streets has led to some creative solutions.
The charging hubs that emerged from the sidewalk were thought to be successful in a UK trial in 2020. Ubtricity’s street-lamp-based charging is also a good idea for expanding urban charging options. Another company looked at using wire boxes.
Outside of cities, the design of road-trip charging stations is also under discussion Stakeholders have repeatedly questioned whether the stations are compatible with existing gas stations or whether chargers should be placed where they are most convenient.