Audi has an concept for charging stations, and predictably, it’s an expensive one. It’s known as the Audi charging hub, and the idea is reasonably easy: Present an expensive charging expertise for patrons of its luxury cars.
The idea images you’re right here depict a futuristic LED-lit hub with a couple of charging stations and an Audi-branded constructing. That constructing has a lounge in it, not not like the lounges that frequent fliers and first-class passengers get to take pleasure in throughout air journey. Whilst you wait to your EV to cost, Audi says you’re meant to go chill out and go time within the lounge, having fun with a variety of snacks, drinks and different “non-food objects.” The lounge itself is supposed to be a contemporary oasis, and supply a equally premium expertise as your Audi’s inside. Solely three images of what to anticipate had been offered, however the buildings do look correctly high-class and trendy in design.
Audi says the chargers it gives right here can be of the high-power selection. Theoretically, you’d have the ability to cost your new E-Tron GT from 5%-80% in about 23 minutes, as long as you’re getting the utmost charging velocity capability of 270 kW. We’d wager that leaves sufficient time for some tea and crumpets.
The hub itself is supposed to be transportable and modular in methods we don’t sometimes see from charging stations. Audi says that there are “cubes” that home the charging pillars and are filled with recycled lithium-ion batteries. In complete, a single charging station shall be able to holding 2.45 Mwh of vitality and can solely require an ordinary 400V hook-up as a substitute of high-voltage strains and transformers. The cubes may be charged in a single day and are then supplemented by photo voltaic panels on the roof throughout the day so as to add extra inexperienced vitality to the combo. This whole hub can be designed to be simply transported and tailored to completely different places as wants come up. There are solely six charging stations allotted to the hub, aiding its mobility.
The restricted variety of stations additionally limits its usability, although. Audi says that it could anticipate many shoppers to order stalls upfront of journeys they plan on taking. That’s nice if you wish to make sure that you possibly can cost straight away once you pull in, however not so nice if you happen to didn’t plan far forward. Plans for a pilot station are ongoing in Germany, however there are not any plans to broaden to the U.S. as of right this moment.
Audi left the door open for individuals who personal EVs from completely different producers, too. As long as the hub isn’t full, and there are not any reservations, non-Audi house owners would theoretically have the ability to cost there. Nevertheless, you’d solely have entry to “components of the lounge.” Guess you higher spend the cash on these 4 rings in order for you all they’ve to supply.