Audi starts off a premium pilot project – a charging hub with six quick-charging stations, 2.45 Mwh of energy storage, a lounge area, and exclusive reservations.
The project aims to test operations and acceptance for a possible serial roll-out. Audi will launch it in the 2nd half of 2021. Now the company is seeking for a location in Germany for the hub and possible partners. The hub is transportable, installable and adaptable to an individual location quickly.
The brand plans to have 20 fully electric models by 2025, and the pilot project is part of those plans. It includes high-power charging (HPC) stations which can be reserved in advance. Plus it offers the lounge place upstairs to pass time, namely a space and setting for a break with added value, a variety of amenities, a range of snacks, drinks, non-food items.
Audi’s charging hub is in form of cubes. They are flexible containers fulfilling various technical requirements. There are house charging pillars and used lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
6 charging stations have a charging output of up to 300 kW, only need a standard 400 V high-voltage hook-up. That makes output starting at 11 kW per cube sufficient to be able to fill 3 storage modules with a total capacity of 2.45 MWh continually and to charge them overnight.
Photovoltaic modules on the roof provide additional green energy.