Volkswagen project, or, better said, project of a number of car makers, Ionity, the main initiator of which is Volkswagen, has recently celebrated an important milestone. It has set its 100. Charging station which is the beginning of what Volkswagen is preparing in the coming years, when the number of chargers will grow exponentially. In fact, by 2025, 36 000 new bottlers are expected to grow only in Europe. 

36.000 bottlers would otherwise be set by the whole Volkswagen, however, Volkswagen itself will take care of 11,000 units, of which 3.000 will be set at major car dealers. In addition, they plan to plans allocate as much as 250 million euro to other connected projects like Electric life and We Charge projects.

These projects will cover not only public chargers but also private wallboxes, which Volkswagen already offers to customers. It is estimated that, in the future, users of electric cars will make about 70% of all charges at home or at work (some studies indicate that this figure may be even higher).

Volkswagen wants to achieve that charging electric cars in the future will be comparable to charging mobile phones, to the domestic market. It is said that by 2020 we would need as many as 100,000 public bottlers. It is a forecast, made by the German government, which will be a difficult task, given that, at present, only 17,400 public refuelling sites are in place.

"Charging infrastructure will increasingly become the crucial factor for the rapid breakthrough of e-mobility in Germany. 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,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for E-Mobility.

June 9, 2019 Driving photo: Volkswagen

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