Audi has an concept for charging stations, and predictably, it’s an opulent one. It’s referred to as the Audi charging hub, and the idea is quite easy: Present an opulent charging expertise for consumers of its luxurious vehicles.
The idea pictures you’re right here depict a futuristic LED-lit hub with just a few charging stations and an Audi-branded constructing. That constructing has a lounge in it, not in contrast to the lounges that frequent fliers and first-class passengers get to get pleasure from throughout air journey. When you wait on your EV to cost, Audi says you’re meant to go chill out and cross time within the lounge, having fun with a variety of snacks, drinks and different “non-food gadgets.” The lounge itself is supposed to be a contemporary oasis, and supply a equally premium expertise as your Audi’s inside. Solely three pictures of what to anticipate have been offered, however the buildings do look correctly high-class and fashionable in design.
Audi says the chargers it provides right here can be of the high-power selection. Theoretically, you’d be capable of 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 might be able to holding 2.45 Mwh of vitality and can solely require an ordinary 400V hook-up as a substitute of high-voltage traces and transformers. The cubes may be charged in a single day and are then supplemented by photo voltaic panels on the roof in the course of the day so as to add extra inexperienced vitality to the combination. This complete 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 might count on many purchasers to order stalls prematurely of journeys they plan on taking. That’s nice if you wish to ensure that you possibly can cost immediately once you pull in, however not so nice for those who didn’t plan far forward. Plans for a pilot station are ongoing in Germany, however there aren’t 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 aren’t any reservations, non-Audi house owners would theoretically be capable of cost there. Nevertheless, you’d solely have entry to “components of the lounge.” Guess you higher spend the cash on these 4 rings if you would like all they’ve to supply.