VW to Test Fast-Charging in Extreme Temperatures at New Station in AZ

Volkswagen has developed a fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the deserts of Arizona in order to test charging at extremely high temperatures.

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.”

Check out the video released by Volkswagen for all the details about the new charging station:

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