Very much like Tesla Corporation is doing with their energy storage needs to become an energy storage solutions company, so is VW Group with their challenges when it comes to energy storage for their battery electric vehicles. One plausible solution is a gigantic cell phone-like power bank made to recharge BEVs. This battery energy storage station that can be mobile or permanently mounted and connected to a grid or sustainable energy like solar, is a very flexible and versatile station that can fit into the needs of a BEV under different kinds of circumstances:
- The biggest solution this station solves is charging an electric vehicle without a permanent place to charge it.
- The mobile charging station comes to you.
- Perfect for an urban scenario where the BEV owner lives in a big city, doesn’t park in an urban garage, thus can’t overnight charge, and instead find themselves using the last bit of range to find a pubic charging station to recharge.
- This kind of station can be set up in a parking lot, a park and ride, a suburban train station, a stadium or arena parking lot or garage during an event, at the office garage or lot, or carried by an emergency roadside recovery organization for rescuing stranded BEVs from dead batteries.
- Up to 15 BEVs can be charged.
- “CO2 neutral mobility,” Can provide power to electric companies on batteries only. Can temporarily store sustainably generated power.
- Cap: 360 kW, eachvehicle takes 17 minutes t charge.
- If anyone battery set loses cap below 20%, the station is swapped out.
There are few car companies on the planet that have been balls to the wall when it comes to electric vehicles, and ion energy storage, like VW Group. What once started as an impetus from a class action worldwide lawsuit settlement using dirty Diesel, has taken off like wildfires around the globe worth electrification, as VW took the reigns between two worldwide mega charging networks, to spend $2 billion USD of mostly settlement money to help the networks along.
It’s crunch time for the car makers that intend to be leaders in the electric car revolution, companies like GM, Tesla, and VW intend to lead the pack as eventual “electric only” car companies. So to do things like penetrate emerging markets with this new technology, find solutions for customers and owners who have a few more hurdles to BEV ownership than they did when they owned a gas car, provide quick, easy, convenient, and simple charging solutions for BEV owners instead of them leaving off site near empty of charge to find a place to recharge, when instead they can use this device on site:
While additional public charging stations are being baked into the network as they cool off from being fresh from the oven, it’s devices like these that come awfully handy until some of these new or enlarged networks become part of the landscape. The energy put into these stations can be easily transferred to other vehicles or right back to the electric company for reuse. The station itself is designed to be as mobile as possible to access and convenience, or it can be permanently mounted like a charging station who’s source is strictly renewable, like wind or solar. At 17 minutes a full hit, this bank does better than most charging stations already out there, and can do 15 cars at a time.
There are also the intangible things that this power bank does for the industry, the electric car dynamic, for electric cars, and for the future with them. Seeing this being used out of nowhere in the wild, newbies and skittish PHEV hybrid owners will want to break off their training wheels to go full out on BEVs knowning that these kinds of devices exist out there to make BEV ownership a bit more easier to handle.
In VW Group’s press release about this power bank, there were no indication of the group’s intentions to import it to the states, needless to say for such a big company in such a big country shipping in allthese electric cars in the coming months, I’m sure it’ll be here without even asking, that should be a no-brainer.
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