Volkswagen will use Tesla battery packs in some of its US charging stations
Feb 4, 2019  Andrew J. Hawkins

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The Powerwall battery packs are meant to help during peak charging times

Volkswagen’s Electrify America is buying and installing Tesla Powerpacks at
“more than 100” of its charging stations to help during peak charging times,
the company announced on Monday. The Powerpacks, which will be installed
over the course of 2019, will have 350kWh of capacity and be capable of
210kW fast-charging.

The addition of Tesla’s battery storage units to VW’s fast-growing EV
charging network is a sign that automakers will need to work together to
build out the infrastructure needed to support the mass adoption of electric
vehicles. Tesla laid the groundwork with its Supercharger network, and other
car companies with aspirations of electrified lineups are still playing
"A sign that automakers will increasingly need to work together to build out
the EV infrastructure"

Tesla’s willingness to assist a competitor like VW with meeting peak demand
is a reflection of CEO Elon Musk’s public comments about using electric cars
to shift the market to a more “sustainable future.” That said, Musk still
sees the new crop of EVs that are coming to the market as just a “small
trickle” that pose no direct threat to his company’s lineup of popular

This is not the first application of Powerpack or storage within a charging
network – in fact, Tesla has already tested this technology in its own
Supercharger network. That said, the peak demand benefits that Electrify
America are seeking are less relevant to Tesla’s Supercharging network given
the size of the company’s vehicle fleet and near-constant state of use.
Other networks are still prone to long periods of vacancy, the cost of which
Tesla’s batteries can help offset.

VW hopes to introduce the first in a future family of all-electric vehicles
in 2019. The company has sold an all-electric Golf since 2015, but the new
I.D. hatchback — the first in a line of “I.D.”-branded electric cars — will
be sold in three different range options, starting with a little less than
200 miles and a price of a little over $30,000.

Giovanni Palazzo, CEO of VW’s Electrify America, called Tesla’s Powerpack
system “a natural fit” with his company’s charging stations “given their
global expertise in both battery storage development and EV charging.”
"“a natural fit”"

Electrify America is aiming to have a network of nearly 3,000 chargers
online across the US by the middle of the year, but only 89 charging
stations are currently in operation. The company experienced a brief outage
last month after concerns emerged about the liquid-cooled cables that were
provided by a Swiss supplier.

While the vast majority of Tesla’s business is devoted to the manufacturing
and sale of its mass-market Model 3 vehicle, the company’s energy business
is still humming along. In 2018, Tesla deployed 1.04GWh of energy storage,
nearly tripling its energy storage deployments in 2017, the company said in
a recent letter to investors. Tesla is increasing the production of its
Powerwall and Powerpack modules at the Gigafactory, thanks to the addition
of a new manufacturing line made by Grohmann Engineering, a German firm
acquired by the company in 2016.

“With a better supply of cells and new manufacturing equipment, we are
aiming to more than double energy storage deployments to over 2 GWh in
2019,” the letter states. 
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