The Volkswagen brand is installing some 4,000 charging points at its German sites by 2025 and the first are already up and running, it says.

The Volkswagen Group is investing some EUR250m in expanding the charging infrastructure at its European sites. When combined with the activities at dealerships, this means the Volkswagen Group is providing some 36,000 new charging points in Europe.

“Adequate facilities for charging at the workplace are an important element in our electric offensive. Going forward, charging their electric vehicles while they are at work will be easy and convenient for our employees. We are demonstrating how the gradual transition to e-mobility can succeed”, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, said.

The first charging center was commissioned this week at the Volkswagen Group Components plant in Braunschweig. The 60 charging points are located on the Ohefeld parking lot bordering on the site. The charging power level is 11kW and the charging center uses a Type 2 plug, the European standard system. The sole source of power for charging is Volkswagen Naturstrom from renewable sources. The power has been certified by TÜV Nord and is 100% CO2-free, originating from sources such as wind and hydropower. Further charging centers will be successively phased in at the other German sites by 2025.

“Volkswagen’s first charging center has been realized at the Components plant in Braunschweig. That makes us very proud. The Volkswagen Group is underpinning its electric offensive with this initiative and at the same time turning e-mobility into a real world experience for employees, and later also other drivers of electric vehicles. This is a clear and concrete step towards e-mobility”, Otto Joos, Business Field Manager “Chassis” at Volkswagen Group Components, said.

VW says charging at the workplace is becoming increasingly important because it is a good alternative for all those who cannot charge at home. Going forward, some 20 percent of all charging operations could take place at the workplace, the company maintains.

Charging centers are also an attractive option for companies because construction conditions are often favourable and it is relatively easy for firms to create an additional benefit for their employees.