Shell Germany and the Volkswagen Group have initiated the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure by unveiling their first innovative 150 kW Elli Flexpole charging station at a Shell service station in Göttingen. The unique battery storage system allows the charging stations to be easily and flexibly installed, connecting to a low-voltage grid and accelerating grid expansion. Following successful testing, both companies plan to implement the Flexpole charging stations across Germany and Europe.
Why It Matters
The collaboration between Shell and Volkswagen is vital for the necessary expansion of charging infrastructure in locations where fast-charging stations would otherwise be difficult to install. Shell is already one of the largest providers of charging infrastructure, aiming to help customers transition to electric vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. The rapid expansion of charging infrastructure is essential for the success of e-mobility, and innovative solutions like the Elli Flexpole will be instrumental in achieving this.
- The German government’s goal is to have at least one million charging points available for electric car drivers by 2030.
- The Elli Flexpole charging stations can be connected directly to the low-voltage grid without the need for a special transformer or costly construction work, significantly reducing installation time.
- Flexpole charging stations offer charging speeds of up to 150 kW, allowing electric vehicles to gain a range of up to 160 kilometers within 10 minutes.
- Shell aims to install over 500,000 charging points worldwide by 2025 and 2,500,000 by 2030.
- Volkswagen Group Technology aims to establish a global network of 45,000 high-power charging points (HPC) with an output of up to 350 kW by 2025.
The partnership between Shell Germany and the Volkswagen Group marks an important step forward in expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Their innovative Elli Flexpole technology offers a fast, efficient, and flexible charging solution that accelerates the implementation of charging stations in challenging locations. With ambitious plans to increase the number of charging points globally, the collaboration will play a crucial role in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles and reducing CO2 emissions in the transportation sector.