Audi has designed and plans later this year to build a moveable, bespoke high-power charging "hub" as a pilot project in its native Germany. The objective? To explore a possible solution both for demand spikes and for consumers who do not have access to home charging.
Audi revealed the design in May. The hub would be constructed from repurposed shipping containers that hold 2.45 megawatt-hours of reused lithium ion batteries.
In addition to six available 300-kilowatt chargers, the concept houses a lounge area where consumers will be able to relax while their vehicle is juicing up, Audi said.
The battery packs for the charging hub will come from disassembled development vehicles, and because of the design and high-capacity energy storage, as well as the attached photovoltaic roof panels, the charging hub requires a standard 400-volt hookup from the local utility provider.
"That makes output starting at 11 kW per cube sufficient to be able to fill the three storage modules with a total capacity of 2.45 MWh continually, and to charge them overnight," Audi said in a written statement.
Audi said it would allow its customers to reserve and schedule their charging at the hub, giving those who drive vehicles from other brands access to the charging facilities when not otherwise occupied.
"We are testing what the optimal technical solution is in a very realistic way. The focus in doing so is firmly on the needs of our customers," Oliver Hoffmann, a member of Audi AG's board for technical development, said in a written statement.