Extreme weather conditions have been a standing issue when it comes to fast-charging electric vehicles. In order to have a successful fast-charging station, it is imperative to maintain a stable temperature of the EVs batteries , thus making it a difficult task when faced with extreme heat or cold.
In order to see how its fast-charging network fairs in extreme heat, Volkswagen has built an impressive new charging station at its proving grounds in Arizona. A location where temperature can easily reach highs of 120°F (49°C).
Volkswagen will use the Arizona fast-charging site to test its electric vehicles in order to confirm their fast-charging capacity in such temperatures: “The same month in Arizona, VW flipped the switch to on for one of the most extensive EV charging stations at a global test facility, Volkswagen Group’s Arizona Proving Grounds. The 50-vehicle charging station is designed to help VWGoA evaluate EV battery and charging performance under extreme hot-weather conditions. Chargers feature the various connectors used in the U.S., Europe and China and engineers will be able to evaluate real time data to see how various chargers compare.”