The hub offers fast-charging of up to 320 kW with lounge services
With the growing demand of EVs, auto manufacturers have been constantly coming up with new charging solutions. Audi answers the call with the first reservable quick-charging station. Opened for customers on 23rd December last year in the German city of Nuremberg, this hub has expanded the reach of EV owners who can’t recharge their vehicles at home.
The station will feature six high-power access points that can be pre-reserved and will also feature lounging and other services while the vehicle is being powered up. Solar panels provide an additional 30 kW of power. Tested on the Audi e-tron GT, the fast charging point will enable a charge from 5 to 80 percent in about 23 minutes. Audi says the cost of charging is in the same range as the home wallbox charger. The infrastructure is based on container cubes that use lithium ion batteries for power. The cubes provide two fast-charging stations for each unit and can be assembled and disassembled in a few days and also provides a way of flexible relocation as required.
Mr Ralph Hollmig, Audi charging hub project manager said, “We’re going where our customers don’t necessarily wake up in the morning with a fully charged electric car and at the same time thinking about increasing charging demand in the future.”
During their project test in Nuremberg, the station will remain available for customers 24x7, customers can pre-book for charging via myAudi app.