Audi will support its Chinese EV business by setting up a charging network in the country. The fast public chargers will be exclusive to Audi owners, according to the company’s press release.
The move is part of Audi’s “Vorsprung 2030 China Strategy,” which will see the German brand try to build an ecosystem around its electric cars. It plans to have six purely electric models in China by the end of the year.
The first batch of public chargers will be available before the end of 2022. Each of them can supply up to 360 kW. Audi says the chargers will be easy to use as the cables and charging guns are lighter.
Drivers will easily connect to their charging ports with the long cables. They will monitor their charging with the Audi App.
Audi owners in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen will be the first to use these chargers. More Chinese cities will follow in 2023.
“Audi believes that premium should go beyond the car. The Audi Charging Stations are the latest example of Audi’s commitment to providing a premium customer journey to our Chinese users,” said Audi China President Dr. Jürgen Unser. “In the e-mobility era we must offer our customers more than just a premium product, we have to offer an entire premium ecosystem, with charging as the core.”
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