Volkswagen opens its first charging park
In Braunschweig, Germany, Volkswagen’s first employee charging park went into operation with 60 charging points. By 2025, 4,000 charging points are to be created at ten locations across Germany.
60 charging points with 11 kW alternating current each were installed at the Ohefeld car park near the Braunschweig plant of Volkswagen Group Components. Volkswagen says that the charging stations will be sourced with renwable energy.
The carmaking giant has said that it will invest a total of around 250 million euros in the expansion of the charging infrastructure at its European locations – Volkswagen did not specify a specific sum for the German locations.
“Sufficient charging possibilities at the workplace are a key element of our electric drive,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management responsible for electric mobility at the Volkswagen brand. “In the future, our employees will be able to charge their electric cars easily and conveniently during working hours. This will show how the gradual switch to electric mobility can be successful.”
According to the Lord Mayor of Braunschweig, Ulrich Markurth, the charging stations should also be “available to other electric car users”. The politician also pointed out, however, that the demand for charging stations could not be met in public spaces alone. “The conditions for setting up private charging stations should be improved, and companies should make a contribution,” Markurth said.
According to its own forecasts, Volkswagen assumes that 20 per cent of charging processes can take place at the workplace. However, the majority will take place at home. With the subsidiary Elli (Electric Life) founded this year, VW wants to sell charging solutions for the domestic garage and company car parks – if desired also with electricity from renewable sources.