Announced by Volkswagen Group Components, a subsidiary of the German giant, this new direct current (DC) terminal has already started its tests on five pilot sites.
After the autonomous charging robot and the mobile fast terminal, Volkswagen is continuing its reflections on the charging ecosystem. Latest innovation: a DC wallbox configured in 22 kW. In its press release, Volkswagen explains that it wants to market the product quickly as a complementary solution to the 11 kW AC wallbox that it already offers to its customers.
For the manufacturer, this terminal is presented as an intermediate solution between AC and fast charging. While an individual will obviously be able to install the charging station at home, it is above all professionals who are targeted. Both cheaper and less imposing than fast or ultra-fast charging stations, this 22 kW DC station could easily be integrated into parking lots of supermarkets or shopping centers. To access it, the vehicle will obviously have to be fitted with the Combo connector.
Entering its final phase of development, the Volkswagen DC wallbox is currently being tested at five pilot sites of the manufacturer in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig, Hanover, Salzgitter and Kassel.
A “V2G ready” terminal
Beyond its recharging capacities, this new terminal will integrate functions related to bidirectional charging, the famous Vehicle-to-grid (V2G). “As long as an electric vehicle has this function in the future, it can serve, for example, as an energy storage device for its own home or as a buffer for the electricity network,” the manufacturer’s statement said.
It remains to be seen when this possibility of bidirectional charging will be activated. At this stage no standard has been established on the Combo. In DC, only CHAdeMO currently authorizes V2G but with an offer that melts like snow in the sun.