The future lies in electric and sustainable energies and there are many brands that have not stopped working in recent years on sophisticated systems that allow urban mobility to be practically guaranteed. Volkswagen has gone a step further, and now they have presented an ambitious pilot project in which they will reuse ID.3 and ID.4 batteries when they reach the end of their useful life. To do this, they will use a total of 96 modules of MEB cells reused in an amazing design.
The project is designed so that a set of fast charging infrastructures can be installed in the future in residential areas, where it is expected to supply a large number of people thanks to a net capacity of 570 kWh that can be produced. . In addition, this is a sustainable solution: all PSC cell modules were previously installed as batteries in pre-production models of the ID.3 and ID.4 and have now been given a second use.
Each unit can be a cost-effective alternative to a transformer installation. Thanks to a low charging time, it allows you to avoid the high costs that a conventional domestic station can produce. The charging park located at the west gate of the Zwickau plant is composed of four charging stations, each with a power of 150 kW, which can also be divided into two powers of 75 kW. This allows up to eight vehicles to be charged at the same time. It is expected that by the end of this year, the plant will have three additional fast charging points.
Volkswagen has pointed out that the future of sustainability lies in reuse. Karen Kutzner, The Group’s Managing Director of Finance and Controlling, said: “The reuse of batteries is important for the future and is closely linked to accelerating the transition to electromobility. With the energy storage container, Volkswagen Sachsen is proving that this is a practical, cost-effective and useful solution to enable end-of-life cell modules to have a second life.”