Volkswagen’s US subsidiary Electrify America has now equipped more than 140 fast-charging sites with stationary energy storage systems, over 90 of them in California. These batteries have a capacity of over 30 megawatts.
The battery energy storage systems (BESS) are used to meet peak demand, minimising the impact on the power grid. They can also be recharged when electricity prices are low – helping the company to “maintain consistent prices”, according to the company.
The stationary batteries used by Electrify America come from Tesla. According to the VW subsidiary, this also makes it possible to install DC fast chargers in places where it would be too cost-intensive without the energy storage units. In addition, the battery storage systems can help maximise the use of renewable energy – for example, by storing PV power generated on site rather than feeding it into the grid, or by preferentially recharging the storage system when renewable availability is high.
“We are constantly striving to introduce innovations that will drive the EV industry forward,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Electrify America. “With this significant deployment of battery energy storage, Electrify America will be able to help ensure a more efficient customer experience, especially as EV adoption increases and infrastructure demands continue to grow.”
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