January 9 (Renewables Now) - German carmaker Volkswagen (ETR:VOW), or VW, on Tuesday announced the creation of a new unit, Elli Group GmbH, to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions and green power supply options.
The new company, based in Berlin, will support the Volkswagen Group’s ambition to become a leader in sustainable mobility. Elli’s designated CEO, Thorsten Nicklass, said the company’s goal is take e-mobility out of its niche and to place it firmly in the mainstream.
Elli, which stands for “electric life”, will develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group, but it will also offer renewable power to customers outside the Group. The green power offering will target private households with and without an EV, with details on the first tariff models to be announced in the near future.
Volkswagen stressed that the power will be 100% carbon-free, coming from hydropower plants and other renewable energy sources. Its origin will be certified by TUeV.4
Elli’s portfolio will also include Wallbox variants for traditional EV charging at home. Another option offered will be bidirectional charging and connection to an energy management system so that car batteries can store power from rooftop solar panels, for example. Through Elli, VW will offer charging at destinations such as company car parks and dealerships, and it will expand charging in public spaces, offering digital payment using a charging card with tailor-made tariffs. It will also pursue changeover of the Group brands’s customers’ fleets to e-mobility.
“We are entering a strategically relevant, extremely exciting business area that offers considerable opportunities for strengthening ties with existing customers as well as accessing entirely new customer groups,” said Thomas Ulbrich, VW brand board member in charge of E-Mobility.