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A truely electrifying gift 

Volkswagen congratulated the city of Wolfsburg on its 80th anniversary and presented the city with twelve mobile charging stations and a long-term investments for a total amount of €10 million – and once again confirmed its close ties with Wolfsburg and its citizens.

Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess gifted the city of Wolfsburg for its 80th Birthday to their Lord Mayor, Klaus Mohrs.

Wolfsburg celebrates its 80th birthday, and Volkswagen is giving the city a truly electrifying birthday present: twelve mobile charging stations and a long-term investment in the city’s e-mobility for a total amount of €10 million. With this sum, the electronic charging infrastructure in Wolfsburg is to be expanded step by step to meet the city's needs. Residents can already see one of the charging stations: at Volkswagen’s booth set up as part of the festival being held on Porsche Street.

Volkswagen's wide-ranging commitment to the 80th anniversary of the city confirms its close ties with Wolfsburg and its citizens at the Group's headquarters. This was also emphasized by the CEO of Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, at the symbolic gift presentation on Friday, looking back on 80 years of joint success and further innovative partnership: “Wolfsburg and the people who live here need a successful Volkswagen. This means one thing: We have to become more productive, open and faster.” In return, Volkswagen needs to have a livable, progressive Wolfsburg that is willing to change.

An important step for the future of Wolfsburg and the Volkswagen Group

Wolfsburg's Lord Mayor Klaus Mohrs said that the future of Volkswagen and Wolfsburg lies in the development smart forms of mobility. As the location of the company’s headquarters, Wolfsburg serves as a laboratory where VW’s new products undergo their first real-world test. “The e-charging stations represent another important step in work to create a high-performance network of charging locations“, said Mohrs. “This is what we need to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles. E-mobility will improve the quality of air in our cities and will make them quieter.”

The mobile charging stations were developed by Volkswagen’s Components Division. They will serve as an ideal bridging technology that can support the ramp-up of electromobility. The fast-charging stations work independently of the power grid and can be set up flexibly to meet particular needs. They employ the principle of a powerbank for e-vehicles.

  • What the charging stations developed by Volkswagen offer:

    • The first fast-charging system that is independent of the power grid and that offers green power
    • Free charging for Wolfsburg residents and visitors during pilot operations
    • Simultaneous charging capabilities for up to four vehicles and e-bikes
    • Capacity of about 200kWh 

A working group set up by the city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen will discuss when and where the charging stations will be installed in the city area. Under the umbrella of #WolfsburgDigital a concept and a milestone plan for the fast-charging infrastructure is currently being developed. The specific and visible steps are scheduled to start in 2019.

The city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen are working jointly to turn Wolfsburg into a “smart city” and a role model for other cities.