All ID. family models will have high-capacity batteries guaranteed to last for eight years or 160,000 km.
The Volkswagen ID.3, due to come into production in late 2019, will be a turning point both for the brand and for the e-mobility in general. Why? Because it will be the first model based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform developed specifically for electric vehicles. This will allow cars to have a range of up to 550 km, which is an important factor for customers intending to switch to zero-emissions mobility.
Batteries obviously play a key role. Developed following the guidelines of the Centre of Excellence in Salzgitter, the central hub for battery technology development for the entire Volkswagen Group, the batteries guarantee high performance and support rapid charging with a capacity of up to 125 kW (the reference value for the ID.3 segment). This significantly reduces charging times.
The batteries on ID. family models will be available in different sizes, marking a completely new approach that aims to meet the different needs of customers, whether they mainly drive short distances in a city or need to make long journeys.
In any case, Volkswagen will guarantee that the batteries will retain at least 70% of their usable capacity even after eight years or 160,000 kilometres.
Convenient charging at home and extremely fast charging on the move
Volkswagen expects that around 50% of all charging operations will be performed at home and 20% at work. A new range of wall boxes were designed with exactly this relationship in mind. These charging stations, which can be installed at home or at a business, work with charging capacities of up to 11 kW. The advantage here is that the charging time is much shorter than with a conventional 230-volt power supply. The wall box has enough power to charge a battery up to full power overnight or in the course of a working day.
Volkswagen also believes that 25% of all charging operations will occur in public spaces and 5% at recharging stations on motorways. Depending on the driving style employed, an ID.3 with the largest battery variant would only have to be charged twice on an 800 km journey. If the battery is charged at a fast charging station with a high capacity, around 260 kilometres of additional range could be charged in 30 minutes.