Largest charging station in Germany opened
Just east of Dortmund, Germany’s largest rapid charging park was recently opened. It is located at the Kamen interchange, where the busy A2 and A1 freeways meet. The gigantic charging station has room for 52 vehicles. Anyone who drives in with an empty battery will be able to add another 100 km to their journey after just five minutes of charging, the energy company EnBW promises.
The new charging station is part of the so-called Hypernet that EnBW is building. A number of politicians were present at the official opening. They were present virtually, because the pandemic prevented a physical festive opening.
After initial hesitation, the Germans are now in full swing with the electrification of their car fleet. Every 10th car that rolls off the assembly line in the busy state of North Rhine-Westphalia is electric. In October alone, 6,500 electric cars were let loose on the German road network.
The new complex uses a roof structure on which solar panels are laid. The 689 panels provide up to 120 kW of energy.
In addition, the charging park has a “virtual power plant” that temporarily stores solar energy not needed at the site. During peak loads, additional energy can then be supplied from the electricity grid to the charging stations.
The charging capacity is up to 300 kilowatts, depending on the connected vehicle. This means that a properly adjusted battery provides a range of 100 kilometers after just 5 minutes of charging. Those with 20 minutes of patience can drive up to 400 kilometers.
Customer service has also been improved, as EnBW says this charging station would be the first with its own toilets. In addition, customers can use wifi and seating while charging.