Punctually for the market launch of the ID. in 2020, Volkswagen will launch a succession of numerous charging solutions with energy packages from renewable sources for use at home and on the move. This initiative underscores the company’s strategic goal of becoming the leading provider of sustainable mobility. Customers should be able to drive the electric car with zero carbon emissions during the usage phase if they opt for charging with green electricity. Through the newly established subsidiary company Elli, Volkswagen will create a seamless and sustainable ecosystem for the most important applications of users of electric cars and fleet operators – with smart electricity tariffs, IT-based energy management systems, and charging stations and charging cards for convenient digital billing.
Easy charging – always and everywhere
Customers will be given a choice between different wall box versions for safe, fast and convenient charging at home. The plans include 11 kW wall boxes that take five to eight hours for 100 percent battery charging. Beyond that, fast 22 kW wall boxes are envisaged with significantly shorter charging times of three to four hours. By 2020, Volkswagen is also going to expand the number of charging points in employee car parks from the current level of 1000 to more than 5000 stations. Over the same period, all 5500 Volkswagen dealers and service partners in the EU will be equipped with several charging options available to customers and the general public. The Volkswagen We mobility platform will allow customers to find stations and give them an easy method of payment through the “We Charge” service.
Establishment of a sustainable charging infrastructure
Our activities for expanding infrastructure and energy solutions in cities and local communities are also trendsetting. The flexible fast charging station developed by Volkswagen Group Components can make an important contribution here. The mobile charging station can be charged using solar or wind energy. It operates on the principle of a power bank as used by many people for their mobile phones – but in this case it happens to be for electric vehicles. It can be set up independently of the power grid and deployed flexibly wherever it is needed. It provides autonomous operation for fast charging with up to 100 kW for electric vehicles like the new ID.
The company IONITY jointly established by Volkswagen is currently building up a network of fast charging stations for journeys over long distances along European motorways. 400 stations are projected to have been set up in Europe by 2020.