Volkswagen To Use Tesla Battery Packs At U.S. Charging Stations



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Electrify America will use Tesla Powerpacks at many of its charging stations throughout the United States.Volkswagen was forced to form Electrify America is part of its settlement over the diesel emissions cheating scandal. Electrify America is aiming to have nearly 3000 electric vehicle chargers across the United States by the middle of the year. At the time of writing, there were just 89 chargers in operation.The Tesla Powerpacks will be installed at “more than 100” of Electrify America’s charging stations and be used during peak charging times. The Powerpacks have 350 kWh of capacity and are capable of 210 kW fast-charging.Theoretically, the chargers can charge a vehicle at speeds of up to 20 miles per minute. Tesla has previously used its Powerpack and storage solutions at its Supercharging stations but because they’re consistently in use, they’re not entirely necessary. As noted by The Verge, other electric charging stations which are used less frequently stand to benefit more from the ability to store power. “Our stations are offering some of the most technologically advanced charging that is available,” Electrify America chief executive Giovanni Palazzo said. “With our chargers offering high power levels, it makes sense for us to use batteries at our most high demand stations for peak shaving to operate more efficiently. Tesla’s Powerpack system is a natural fit given their global expertise in both battery storage development and EV charging.

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Volkswagen to offer Mobile Charging Stations



Volkswagen is offering a glimpse of the company’s future mobile quick charging station. It can be set up flexibly and independent of the power supply wherever it is needed: for example, in public parking lots in the city, on company premises, or as a temporary charging point at large-scale events. The mobile charging station works according to the principle of a power bank – which is familiar to many people with smartphones – but for electric vehicles instead. The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID. family, to be charged in stand-alone operation. Thanks to quick charging technology, the charging process only takes 17 minutes on average. If the energy content of the integrated battery set is less than 20 percent, the depleted charging station is simply exchanged for a charged one. If, however, it is permanently attached to the power supply with up to 30 kW via alternating current, the battery pack perpetually recharges itself. In case the charging process is based on renewable power supply, the charging station furthermore allows the temporary storage of sustainably generated power, such as solar or wind energy – and therefore CO2-neutral mobility.

The first mobile quick charging stations will be set up as early as the first half of 2019 in Volkswagen’s hometown as part of a pilot project, and will support the expansion of a charging infrastructure in the urban area. As of 2020, the charging station will also be implemented in other cities and communities.

Thomas Schmall, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group Components, says: “The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points. They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply. This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure. Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

The mobile charging stations can be set up at defined points, for example, spread out across a city. The flexible locations can be easily found via the Internet or apps. Each charging station enables DC quick charging with up to 100 kW. In addition to electric cars, e-bikes can also be charged. Up to four vehicles can be charged simultaneously: two with DC and two with AC connections. The total battery storage capacity of up to 360 kWh is sufficient for up to 15 e-vehicles. There is also the possibility of connecting to the power supply directly, allowing the station to be charged with up to 30 kW via alternating current by means of a permanent standard grid connection. This enables charging points for electric vehicles to be set up quickly and simply, without any structural changes or major financial outlay. The battery pack in the charging station can be recharged around the clock thanks to the direct power connection. This time-independent recharging, and therefore buffering of power, also considerably reduces the strain on the power supply at peak periods.

“Our mobile charging stations offer a further crucial advantage,” says Mark Möller, Head of Technical Development at Volkswagen Group Components. “It is only when an electric car is charged with sustainably generated power that it can claim CO2-neutral mobility. Our charging station is the first to offer the possibility of temporarily storing sustainably generated power.” For example, the charging station can be charged specifically with solar or wind energy. Technically, the mobile charging column is based on the battery pack of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB).This also offers the advantage of quick scalability, and the charging station allows batteries from electric vehicles to have a second life. This is because a battery loses charging capacity over time. If a vehicle battery has a defined, reduced residual capacity, it is exchanged. If this battery subsequently passes a thorough analysis, it can be reused in a mobile charging station.

An efficient network of charging points is regarded as one of the basic infrastructural prerequisites for convincing customers to buy electric vehicles such as the Volkswagen brand’s future I.D. family. Accomplishing this is one of the major challenges Volkswagen Group Components and others must tackle to ensure the breakthrough of e-mobility. As of January 1, 2019, the Components division is an independent business unit within the Volkswagen Group. The mobile charging station is an in-house development with the goal of developing a closed life cycle for the battery. The start of production is planned for 2020.

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CTEK MXS 5.0 Auto Batterie Ladegerät / Car battery charger



Kurze Vorstellung vom CTEK MXS 5.0 Ladegerät mit 5A max. Ladestrom für Blei-Säure oder AGM Batterie. Ich bin mit dem Ladegerät sehr zufrieden, ist klein, handlich und mit mit div. Zubehör erweiterbar.

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How to connect a car battery charger



In this short video I demonstrate how to connect a battery charger. The important thing here is to ensure you are connecting it up to the right terminal. If you get this wrong you could damage the battery and the charger. Enjoy 🙂

Battery charger specification

MAYPOLE MP7423 INTELLEGENT BATTERY CHARGER 6V/12V 4A

•Suitable for use with 6V & 12V lead-acid and 12V AGM batteries of 1.2Ah to 120Ah.
•Input : 230V AC 50Hz 0.6A
•Outputs: 6V: 4A DC 12V:4A DC
•Automatic detection of battery voltage & condition
•Automatic charging current selection
•4 charging modes : 12V Standard, AGM & Winter; 6V Standard
•5 step charging including recovery & maintenance cycles
•Memory function automatically re-starts charging if interrupted
•LCD display with battery level indicator & dual colour backlight
•Interchangeable 1.5m battery clip & ring terminal connector leads included
•Overload, reverse-polarity and short circuit protection
•Manufactured to European electrical safety standards
•Suitable for low maintenance and maintenance-free batteries
•Not recommended for use with GEL batteries

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