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Charging your e-vehicle
State-of-the-art charging columns, short charging time and innovative technology
The charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany is steadily expanding in line with the progress of e-mobility. At Autostadt, we present high-performance charging stations and explain the technology behind them. Here we explain where you can charge your vehicle, how much it costs, and how charging works.
Where can I charge my vehicle on the Autostadt premises? How many charging points are there?
The ServiceHaus car park located in our main car park features four charging stations with a total of 14 charging points where you can charge your electric vehicle.
What types of charging stations are available at the Autostadt and how do they differ?
Our charging stations vary in terms of the following criteria:
- Type of current (AC = alternating current, DC = direct current)
- Power capacity (from 5.5 kW to 350 kW)
- Connection type (Type 2 (AC), CCS (DC))
- Number of charging points (2 to 8 charging points per station)
Some of our e-stations offer both Mennekes type 2 connections and CCS connections; others may only be used with Mennekes type 2 connectors. You can see which column is the right one for your electric car by looking at your vehicle and the marking on the columns.
Regarding the differences in kW capacity, the higher the capacity of a charging station, the faster the battery is charged. However, every EV battery has a minimum and a maximum charging capacity. This determines the minimum power required to charge the car and the maximum power that can be used for charging. If the power falls below the lower limit, the vehicle will not start charging. If the upper limit is exceeded, the vehicle charges with the maximum power.
The following applies with regard to the output differences (in kW): The higher the output of a charging station, the faster the electric car's battery is charged. The battery of every e-vehicle, however, has a minimum and a maximum charging capacity. It determines the minimum output that must be made available for the car to charge and the maximum output that can be drawn for charging. If the value falls below the lower limit, the vehicle does not start charging at all. But if the value exceeds the upper limit, the vehicle charges with the maximum output it can handle.
We currently have three different types of e-stations available on our ServiceHaus car park. You can find their features below:
Flexible rapid charging station from the Volkswagen Group Components
The flexible rapid charging station from the Volkswagen Group Components is the first fast-charging power bank for electric cars. Thanks to its compact dimensions, it can be set up almost anywhere where it is needed, regardless of the mains supply. Up to four electric vehicles can be charged at the same time, two of them through DC fast charging. It becomes a fixed charging point when connected to the mains. The charging station can also temporarily store green electricity, allowing CO2-neutral mobility. Here in the Autostadt, you can charge your car with certified natural electricity.
Charging capacity: AC 22 kW, DC up to 100 kW
Plug system: 2x 22 kW (AC charging), 2x 100 kW (DC charging), 4x 1.8 kW
You will find two charging stations of this type in our ServiceHaus car park. The identical chargers each have two charging points.
Charging capacity: AC 11 kW
Plug system: 2x 11 kW (AC charging)
This charging station has a CCS connection (DC) on the right side and a Type 2 (AC) connection on the left side.
Charging capacity: AC 22 kW, DC 50 kW
Plug system: 2x 22 kW (AC charging), 2x 50 kW (DC charging)
How long does the charging process take?
The amount of time may vary depending on the battery, the charging station and the state of the battery charge. The car's charging electronics provide exact information once the charging process has started. You can always refer to the general guidelines.
How do I start the charging process?
Starting the charging process varies depending on the charging station. The respective charging station shows you how to start it. We will, of course, be happy to help you start the charging process on site and explain the details.
How much does the charging process cost?
All Autostadt guests can currently draw electricity from the columns free of charge while parking. Guests only need to pay the parking lot fee.
Who can I contact if i need help?
The Autostadt staff will be happy to answer your questions on site. You can also request information by e-mail: email@example.com
Links for further information:
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Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger car models”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany and at www.dat.de.