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Webasto is accelerating the business with charging stations for e-cars

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W er If you buy an electric car from Hyundai, you can order the right wallbox from the dealer. The location analysis, in which local conditions are checked, costs 95 instead of 195 euros for a limited time. The wallbox itself is available from 595 euros. The advantage: According to the manufacturer, a Hyundai Kona Elektro, Ioniq Plugin Hybrid or Elektro charges up to 2.8 times faster on the wallbox. Toyota makes a very similar offer through its dealers; In principle, the wallbox is suitable for all electric cars and can be configured via the Webasto website.

Wallbox scalable up to 22 kW

With a charging capacity of 3.7 kW, the wallbox can be the 8th Fully charge the 8 kWh lithium-ion battery of the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid in around two hours. A Hyundai Ioniq Elektro charges its battery in 4.5 hours. The same process takes 12 hours on a 230 volt socket. The charging device is scalable; with a charging power of up to 22 kW, it should also be sufficient in the future to recharge larger batteries faster. Electric cars and hybrids should be able to charge up to ten times faster than at a household socket.

Webasto supplies the wallbox with a 4.5 meter long cable, with which you can easily charge in the garage and the wallbox. Local partner companies should check the conditions on site for a fixed price of 95 euros and determine whether the infrastructure is sufficient for connecting the wallbox. A cost estimate can also be created.

The electric car driver must order and pay for the installation and connection of the wallbox to the on-site power connection. Due to the scalability, the assembly should be worthwhile in the long term, because the vast majority of electric cars can be charged with the device. The wallbox is secured against unauthorized access with a key.

Prius with solar cells on the roof

The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid solar offers an alternative charging option. A photovoltaic system in the car roof stores solar energy. Depending on the weather, up to 1,000 additional kilometers a year should be possible. With a solar roof, the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid costs 39,600 euros, the basic Comfort model is available from 37,550 euros.

The Toyota Prius is considered a pioneer in hybrid technology. The Japanese, in which an electric drive supports the combustion engine, first came onto the market in 1997. In 2009 Toyota presented the third generation of the Prius plug-in hybrid. Also the current series, which has been built since 2016is available in two versions: as a full hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid with a larger battery and external charging connection. According to the manufacturer, the purely electric range is 55 kilometers, up to 135 km /h are possible without the need for a gasoline engine.

Networked charging stations from Webasto

The new charging station by Webasto

But Webasto would also like to develop new business potential with electric mobility itself. The company has presented a charging station connected to the Internet.

By networking the charging stations with one another via LAN or a WLAN network, a network of electricity taps can be set up in a shared underground car park, for example for company fleets or private customers .

The charging processes can be activated using a smartphone or an RFID chip. A recording of the charging processes and the identification of the user can be used to pass on the electricity costs to the respective consumer.

In addition, there will be an entry-level charging station for hybrids and electric cars with a smaller battery that is directly connected to a 230V - Household socket can be connected. This also enables the advantages of networking to be used without the need for additional installation of cables.


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