BEIJING – Volkswagen Group China signed agreements on June 29 here with three key local charging poles providers and operators (CPOs) to provide convenient, fully integrated and end-to-end charging service to Volkswagen Group brand’s new energy vehicle users in China.
The first phase of cooperation with leading CPOs including StarCharge, TGOOD, and a Beijing charging aggregator eChargeNet, marks the latest step in Volkswagen’s transformation from traditional car manufacturer to sustainable mobility solutions provider under the group’s TOGETHER – Strategy 2025.
Volkswagen Group China has thus become the first auto manufacturer in China to synchronize charging services applications of multiple top CPOs in one shared platform.
The software application will provide Volkswagen Group China NEV customers with easy and convenient charging services support on their smart phones. Customers don’t need to switch between different applications provided by CPOs when they charge their cars at the charging poles provided by the abovementioned CPOs. Instead, they can enjoy the one-stop charging services without leaving the synchronized one provided by Volkswagen.
“Volkswagen Group China has launched a forward-looking e-mobility offensive with the goal of selling 400,000 NEVs by 2020 and 1.5 million NEVs, most of them pure battery-powered, by 2025. That is only possible with good infrastructure and easy-to-use support services. This partnership marks a major step forward in that direction,” said Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.
“China is the world’s fastest-growing NEV market and convenient charging solutions and services are crucial for continuing that growth,” said Sven Patuschka, Volkswagen Group China Executive Vice President, Research and Development. “This cooperation underlines Volkswagen Group China’s determination to pioneer new partnerships in order to be at the forefront of China’s march to electrification, digitalization and the full spectrum of new mobility services. It is also further evidence of our commitment to delivering the best products, latest technology and most convenient services to our customers within a newly defined Volkswagen Mobility Ecosystem.”
Volkswagen Group China is building a digital eco-system that can be leveraged by all its brands. The new charging service support is an integrated part of this eco-system and will be available for models across the group’s brands. With this application, NEV users can locate the most convenient charging station using real-time information from charging operators directly, monitor charging pole status on-the-go, manage and monitor the charging process and then pay, using most popular mobile payment methods.
Later this year, Volkswagen e-Golf owners will be the first group of customers in China to benefit from the services through Volkswagen Import’s Car-Net online service package.
The German carmaker also announced on the same day at another event that it will launch more than 20 new plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles in China, both domestically-made and imported, by 2025. That includes 13 NEVs based on existing models by 2020, the next generation battery electric and fully connected vehicle based on its MEB platform, and as many as 10 new models by 2025.
Volkswagen also began construction of its joint venture with JAC in Hefei, Anhui Province on the same day.