Volkswagen has inaugurated Wolfsburg’s first public quick charging station for electric vehicles with the help of its e-up!, the first car available with new CCS-charging technology.
Previous concepts of pure electric vehicles have needed six to eight hours to fully charge, but with the e-up!’s optional Combined Charging System (CCS) loading system the charging time is dramatically reduced: an 80% charge takes just 20 minutes, while the remaining loading speed is lessened to sustain battery life.
“Charging via the charging socket on the fuel filler flap is easy to use and – thanks to DC charge – fast in execution. This is an important step to provide customers with a fully suitable for everyday use,” said Thomas Lieber, Volkswagen’s director of the Electric Traction.
With an underfloor-mounted 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery feeding the electric motor, continuous output is 40 kW (54 hp) with a peak power figure of 60 kW (80 hp) achievable, while the 210 Nm of torque is available from the first revolution. On the road, 100 km/h appears in a respectable 14 seconds before the silent citycar hits its top speed of 135 km/h.