- Plug-and-Charge will be introduced in 2022; only cars with a 77 kWh battery will get bidirectional charging
- Plug and Charge
- Intelligent and BiDi charging
- Investing in Renewable Energy
Plug-and-Charge will be introduced in 2022; only cars with a 77 kWh battery will get bidirectional charging
VW is increasing the charging capacity of its ID models. All ID models will soon be rolling off the production line with a new software version that allows the 77 kWh battery to be charged more quickly. VW also confirms the introduction of plug-and-charge in 2022.
There are currently three ID models on the German market, namely ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5. With the top model ID.5 GTX the maximum charging power increases from 135 to 150 kW, for all other 77 kWh models from 125 to 135 kW. With a charge from 5 to 80 percent, this saves up to nine minutes of charging time, according to VW.
In the case of cars that have already been delivered, the improvement will soon come via a software update – whether over the air or in the workshop, VW leaves it open. There is also no question of a higher charging capacity for the models with smaller batteries. This means that the ID.4 Pure will have to make do with 110 kW and the ID.3 Pro with 120 kW in the future.
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Another novelty is the Battery Care Mode. This can be used to specify that the battery is not charged to more than 80 percent. The loading menu now also appears on the first level of the touch display. It should now be more informative and tidier.
Plug and Charge
In 2022, the ID models are also set to be plug-and-charge-become capable. Then all you have to do is plug in the charging cable at the fast charging station, and authentication takes place automatically via the cable. Billing runs through the contract that belongs to VW’s We-Charge charging card. Plug-and-Charge will be supported by Ionity, Aral, bp and Eon in 2022, according to VW.
Intelligent and BiDi charging
Two other goals of VW are "intelligent" and bidirectional charging. A home energy management system (HEMS) is a prerequisite for intelligent charging at home. Above all, it facilitates charging with self-generated solar power.
In addition, with clever electricity tariffs and algorithms, it is already possible today to charge the car when there is a lot of renewable energy available. For example, wind turbines do not have to be shut down because there are no customers. In 2019 alone, according to VW, 6,500 gigawatt hours of renewable energy remained unused in Germany – that would have allowed 2.7 million e-cars to drive for a year, as VW explained at its Power Day in March.
With bidirectional charging, e-cars can also send the electricity back into the home network (vehicle-to-home) – this may help bridge a power failure. In the future, all ID models with the 77 kWh battery will receive the technology, with over-the-air updates for cars that have already been delivered.
However, VW has not yet given a date for the introduction. Power transfer and communication take place via a special DC-BiDi wallbox, which VW will then presumably offer. VW already showed a prototype at its Power Day (see link above).
More electrical news from the group: Skoda Enyaq: More charging power, but also higher prices
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Investing in Renewable Energy
In addition, VW wants to invest 40 million euros in new wind and solar parks in Europe by 2025. This should generate as much green electricity as all ID vehicles need for operation. Around 20 new systems are to be built by 2025, which will generate around seven terawatt hours of additional green electricity per year.
VW’s goal is the complete electrification of the new vehicle fleet. By 2030, at least 70 percent of sales in Europe should be pure e-cars, which should be more than a million vehicles. To this end, Volkswagen brings at least one new electric car onto the market every year.
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