As part of its efforts to strengthen its charging infrastructure, Audi has announced the opening of its first charging center at an exhibition center in Nuremberg. The OEM says this is the only fast charging concept of its kind in the world. The charging center opened its doors to customers on December 23.
Charging stations can be reserved and geared towards owners of electric cars who don’t have the opportunity to charge at home. Audi says the hub is also intended to serve future peak charging needs in urban environments.
“We wanted to use it to test flexible and advanced fast charging infrastructure in urban spaces,” said Ralph Hollmig, project manager for the Audi charging center. “We’re getting to the point where our customers don’t necessarily wake up in the morning with a fully charged electric car and at the same time thinking about the ever-increasing charging needs of the future.”
The center is made up of flexible containers, which can be assembled and disassembled back into existing sites within the next few days. These blocks provide two fast charging stations for each device and can be combined in various constellations, according to the announcement. Used and treated lithium ion batteries function as energy storage systems – second-generation batteries are obtained from development vehicles that have been dismantled to reduce costs and resources and provide charging infrastructure in places where there is insufficient grid power.
With about 2.45 MWh of temporary storage, the Nuremberg charging stations only require connecting a 200 kW green power source to an existing low-voltage network. Rooftop solar panels also provide up to 30 kW of green energy. Customers can charge electric cars with a capacity of up to 320 kW at six charging points. A total of about 80 vehicles can be charged per day without reaching the capacity limit of the energy storage system combined with the 200 kW input power of the hub.
For example, the Audi e-tron GT1 reaches a charging capacity of up to 270 kW – enough power for a 100 km run in about 5 minutes. Charging from 5% to 80% takes about 23 minutes.
“We are offering people in urban areas to charge the same price they pay to charge with their Wallbox at home,” says Hollmig. The Audi charging center in Nuremberg is an open charging site. The entrance area is even accessible to drivers of cars of other brands.
Audi customers there can use the new booking function in the myAudi app to book one of six charging zones.
Tests in Nuremberg focused on the new preset functionality, customer expectations for a premium charging experience, and technical aspects such as those required for modern battery storage systems. Audi also wanted to determine what times of day the facility is particularly frequently used. The company is also providing additional services on site, including an electric bicycle battery exchange station, an electric vehicle loan service, information on various Audi products, as well as a test drive of the Audi Q4 e- tron and RS e-tron GT2, supervised by Audi experts. In addition, Audi also offers fast food delivery, advanced automation systems and mobile car care services. Waiters take care of customers in the approximately 2,153 square foot lounge, which also includes a 431 square foot patio. There you can retrieve your car’s current toll.
Originally posted on Fleet Forward