Invest 1 billion euros, Audi will build its own charging stations in Europe 2021-02-22

According to foreign media reports, it has been reported recently that in order to increase the sales of Audi and Volkswagen Group's electric vehicles, and to further expand the company's new energy vehicle layout, Audi is considering building its own brand of electric vehicle charging stations in major European cities.

Audi CEO Markus Duesmann (Markus Duesmann) said that at present, Europe's layout for public charging is far from enough to meet the demand for charging in every parking lot. Audi does not want the lack of charging facilities to affect the sales and promotion of electric vehicles, so it is considering how to build its own high-end charging network and facilities in several major cities.

At present, Ionity, a joint venture of Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Hyundai, has built nearly 300 fast charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe, mainly in gas stations and parking lots along the highway. According to the plan, Ionity aims to build 400 ultra-fast charging stations by 2020, and each charging station has an average of 6 charging posts. In terms of the DC fast charging network, the output power of the Ionity charging pile can reach 350kW, which is about 3 times that of the 120kW Tesla super charging station. Nevertheless, the city's charging station network is still "supply in short supply."

It is reported that Audi plans to invest 1 billion euros to build 300 fast charging stations. In addition, Porsche will also likely join Audi's charging station system. Audi said that building its own charging station is only one of the options, and the Volkswagen Group is also considering cooperating with Inoity or other car companies to develop a charging network. "Audi will sell the last fuel car within 20 years. Of course, the specific deadline is still up to the consumer to decide." Marcus Dussman said. It can be seen that Audi has great ambitions for the rapid development of new energy vehicles.

According to the plan, by 2025, Audi will invest more than 15 billion euros in the field of electric vehicles and launch 30 electrified models worldwide, including 25 pure electric vehicles, many of which will also enter the Chinese market and introduce localized production. In 2020, Audi delivered a total of 726,300 vehicles in China, breaking the 700,000 mark for the first time. By 2023, Audi plans to achieve annual sales of 1 million vehicles in the Chinese market. In addition to the original car-making platform, technological precipitation and sales network, Audi's planning on the layout of the charging network will further expand its advantages in the field of electric vehicles.


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