VW offers charging-at-home solution for ID. customers
13 September 2019
Volkswagen (VW) is to roll out a range of wallboxes to coincide with the start of sales of its ID.3 electric vehicle (EV).
Going forward, customers will be able to charge their electric vehicles quickly and conveniently at home thanks to the ID. Charger. It offers a charging capacity of up to 11 kW and charges almost five times faster than a normal domestic power socket. Volkswagen estimates that about half of all charging operations for electric vehicles will take place at home.
VW will be rolling out three versions of the ID. Charger, the main difference being the digital functions they offer. All three versions can be ordered on the internet or at VW dealers from the end of November. Before they purchase, customers can check free of charge online, whether installing the ID. Charger will be straightforward for them but VW can also arrange installation and commissioning of the wallbox by an expert.
The basic version priced at €399 offers simple operation, fixed Type 2 cable and a charging capacity of up to 11 kW. In addition, the compact and robust wallbox also features integrated DC fault current protection for maximum safety along with simple, cost-efficient installation.
The intelligent ID. Charger Connect makes charging digital and smart. The wallbox can connect with the home network and the smartphone via WLAN or LAN. LTE connectivity is also available as an optional extra. With this mobile communication technology, customers can keep an eye on use and charging operations and benefit from practical functions such as app management, remote maintenance, access control via charging card and regular software updates — the launch price for the ID. Charger Connect starts at €599.
The ID. Charger Pro is the top model in the wallbox series and features an integrated electric meter for precise billing per kilowatt-hour on top of the digital functions and the standard equipment LTE module. The wallbox goes on sale at €849 but the LTE data costs over the entire lifetime of the wallbox are already included.
VW states that it wants to make the switch to electric vehicles as attractive as possible. The Group will be launching almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years. The first vehicle in this new generation, the ID.3, celebrated its world premiere at the IAA 2019.
Coinciding with the debut, the brand is offering a complete package for the convenient and sustainable charging of electric vehicles in addition to the ID. Charger range of wallboxes. Volkswagen Naturstrom is a certified source of eco-power, ensuring completely emission-free mobility for electric vehicles, and the We Charge charging service will in future provide access to over 100,000 public charging points throughout Europe.