A key factor for the success of e-mobility. Surveys have repeatedly confirmed that quick, easy, convenient charging will be a key factor for the success of e-mobility. In addition to price and range, concerns related to a lack of charging opportunities are one of the main barriers to the purchase of an electric car. It must become just as easy to charge an electric car as it is now to charge a smart phone. This calls for seamless interaction between the vehicle, charging services and infrastructure. Volkswagen therefore has a holistic commitment to the expansion of charging infrastructure and is investing in a comprehensive charging and energy ecosystem connected with the ID. family.
Four charging scenarios. There are differences between charging and re-fuelling. Instead of driving to a filling station, electric cars are normally charged where they are parked, for example at home or at work. Experts distinguish four charging scenarios:
- @Home: charging at home
- @Work: charging at work
- @Public: charging in public spaces
- @Highway: charging along highways
it is estimated that 70% of all charging operations are currently carried out at home or at work. A further 25% of charging operations are completed at public charging points (by drivers parking on the streets). However, this share will grow as e-mobility becomes more established. The decisive factor will be seamless transitions between the four scenarios, allowing customers to charge their electric car at any time. This is the only way the trust necessary to help e-mobility to a rapid breakthrough in Germany can be established.
A joint task. However, automakers cannot and should not be called upon to establish well-functioning charging infrastructure alone. Volkswagen is committed to open networks and is actively involved in the development of public charging infrastructure. The automotive industry, energy companies and local authorities are all called upon to make the charging of an electric car as simple and convenient as possible.