Audi invests around EUR 100 million in EV charging infrastructure at own sites
Ingolstadt, January17,2020–Onits journey to becominga provider of entirely CO2-neutral premium mobility, Audiismaking excellent progress atitsown sites. Bythe middle of 2022, the premium brand will equip oneinten parking spaces. All withapossibilityto charge electric cars. Aka EV charging infrastructure that’s mostly accessible to the public. Thisindependent concept is the largest charging infrastructure project. Especially carried out bya German employer.
The investment provides Audi witha head start in terms of setup and operation expertise for the hardware and software of such EV charging infrastructure concepts. All the while alsoallowingthecompany to pilota new business area of mobility.
In addition, Audi is setting up more than 4,500 EV charging infrastructure points for battery-operatedvehicles. Thereby contributing to the energy transition in private transport.
More charging points
In addition, the project manager for site charging is not only in charge of building the charging points but also the energy manager and software provider. That’s also forthecomprehensive chargingsolution at the automotive manufacturer’s sites.
Moreover and at the main plant in Ingolstadt alone. Can you say there will be 3,500 charging points available?! Consequently in the final development.
There will also be 1,000 charging points in Neckarsulm. That’s just under100 in Brussels andGyőr.
Likewise, charging infrastructure willbe built at the factory in San José Chiapa. The company already offers expansive charging capacities at the training centers at Munich Airport. The entire project hasatotal budgetof up to EUR 100million.
Moreover, acharging concept on this scale is unique in Germany so far. Because it requires meticulous preparation. Also a largely independent energy management and separate project team. One that has therefore been preparing and structuring the concept. Finally for the implementation since the middle of 2017.
Electric parking spaces
The fundamental decision to electrify ten percent of all parking spaces was already madeayear earlier. “Such lead times are necessary because the planning and expansionof the energy supply on this scale alone takes multiple years,” explains Huber. Carrying out the setup during ongoing production at the locations isaparticular challenge.
The project team is responsible for planningthe entire strategy, investment, concept, and manages the setup and operationofthe charging infrastructure as well as the billing of charging procedures at the Audi sites. In this context, the charging points are expanded. Consequently to suit the needs of the employees and other people using the parking lot. Subsequently, the project team designs the EV charging infrastructure and sets operating rules. Above all, they also provide a hotline and support team. Recording that complies with calibration lawand invoicing of the charging procedures are further important aspects.
At the sites in Brussels, Ingolstadt, and Neckarsulm, charging infrastructure witha total power input of 21megawatts. Yes folks, that is already available.
Moreover this power being used is equal to the power consumptionofa small town with 14,000 inhabitants. This also includes 600 charging points with an output of up to 22kilowatts (kW). Furthermore, 60 direct current charging points with an output between 50 and 350kW.
Finally and by the middle of 2022, there will be 4,500 charging points. All eachwith an output of up to 22kW. Then, about 50 more with an output ofupto 350kW each at the plant sites alone.Adynamic and intelligent load-management system will be controlling all power input across sites this year already, so the power connectiondoes not need be expanded.
Connecting to the grid
In addition, there is the equipment of the three Audi Training Center locations at Munich airport. Audi’s largest individual charging park withapower input of 2.1megawatts is connected to the grid here. In connectionwith theconstructionofthe new ATC IV building, the solar power generated is used for the charging procedure in combination with a battery buffer storage device.
In conclusion, companies are working to make acquired expertise more available. I mean to other companies that need to expand their charging infrastructure. This is also the next step on the company’s journey. One fromapure automotive manufacturer toamobility service provider. Finally, Audi has set itself the goal to become the leadingCO2-neutralpremium provider. By 2050 at the latest, the company’s operations are to be entirelyCO2-neutral.
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