Tesco is already part of the deal to increase charging infrastructure right across the EU and UK. German automakers getting pretty damn serious about electric. VW sees opportunities in services on top of charging.
Volkswagen says it is aiming for a rapid breakthrough for e-mobility and is redoubling its efforts in the field of charging infrastructure. Throughout Europe, the group will be installing a total of 36,000 charging points by 2025; 11,000 of these are to be developed by the Volkswagen brand.
They will be installed at Volkswagen plants and at about 3,000 Volkswagen dealerships in all large towns and cities. With its company for charging infrastructure Elli and its charging service “We Charge”, Volkswagen is looking to move further into lucrative business areas connected with charging.
“Charging infrastructure will increasingly become the crucial factor for the rapid breakthrough of e-mobility in Germany. Charging an electric car must become just as easy and normal as charging a smart phone,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen head of E-Mobility.
” This is why we need significantly more charging stations in public spaces and simple rules for the installation of private Wallboxes. Volkswagen intends to send out a signal and is becoming involved in the development of charging infrastructure at all levels.” s
Volkswagen reckons that 70 percent of all charging operations will be carried out at home or work in the future.
Public charging stations will be used for about a quarter of all charging operations. With Volkswagen’s “We Charge” service, customers will have access to more than 100,000 charging points throughout Europe in the future – in the medium term, the figure is set to rise to 150,000 charging points.
Partnerships with retail chains are planned, allowing customers to charge their cars conveniently while they are shopping. A start has been made with Tesco in the UK and other chains are to follow.
Volkswagen is calling on governments and legislators to do more to improve the charging infrastructure.
“There is potential for e-mobility to become a genuine success story in Germany. If industry and politicians make a concerted effort, we can overcome the challenges of charging infrastructure very fast,” said Ulbrich.
“Similarly, we can only master the technology-driven structural transformation in our industry by working together. Germany needs an e-mobility masterplan.”