Audi invests around 100 million euros in its own charging stationsJanuary 17, 2020
Towards an electric future and the realization of its plans to reduce emissions, Audi has achieved excellent results on its own sites.
By mid-2022, the German premium brand will equip one of ten parking spaces with the option of charging electric vehicles, most of which will be available to the public. This independent concept is the largest charging infrastructure project by the automaker.
Audi plans to install more than 4,500 charging points for battery-powered vehicles, thereby facilitating the transition of private vehicles to renewable energy sources, the press release said.
At the main plant in Ingolstadt alone, 3,500 charging points will be available at the end of the goal. 1,000 charging points are planned in Neckarsulm, slightly less than 100 in Brussels and Gyor. Similarly, a plant in San Jose Chiapa will have its own charging infrastructure. It is planned to invest about 100 million euros in the new project.
The concept of charging on such a scale is still unique in Germany and requires careful preparation and largely independent energy management. Therefore, a separate project team since mid-2017 has been preparing and structuring the implementation concept. The main decision to electrify 10% of all parking spaces was made a year earlier. The project team is responsible for planning the entire strategy, investment and concept, and also manages the construction and operation of the charging infrastructure, as well as billing for charging procedures at Audi facilities.
Charging stations with a total power consumption of 21 megawatts are already available at sites in Brussels, Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm. This corresponds to the energy consumption of a small town with 14 thousand inhabitants. This includes 600 charging points with an output of up to 22 kW and 60 DC chargers with an output of 50 to 350 kW. By mid-2022 there will be 4,500 charging points, each with a capacity of up to 22 kW.
In addition, equipment from three Audi training centers has been installed at Munich Airport. Here, the largest individual rechargeable Audi fleet with a power consumption of 2.1 megawatts is connected to the network. In connection with the construction of the new ATC IV building, the generated solar energy is used for charging in combination with a buffer storage device. The project team also created its own navigation map based on Google Maps, which allows employees to see in real time where charging terminals are available.
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