Electronics and Semiconductors

Volkswagen begins sale of home charger for its first electric vehicle, the ID.3

17 June 2020
Volkswagen will begin selling a wall charger to allow consumers to charge the ID.3 electric vehicle at home as well as other Type 2 EVs. Source: Volkswagen

Late last year, Volkswagen rolled off the assembly line its first all-electric vehicle (EV), the ID.3, based on the company’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB).

Now the company has started the sale of its wallbox EV charger that can be used for the ID.3 as well as other electric cars with a Type 2 connector.

The ID.Charger will be introduced in three versions with a charging capacity of up to 11 kW. The first is a permanently mounted Type 2 charging cable and integrated DC residual current protection; the second and third are the ID.Charger Connect and ID.Charger Pro that can be connected and managed via a smartphone. The ID.Charger Pro includes an integrated electricity meter that can be used to bill electricity costs for company car drivers.

In Germany, legislation was recently approved by the government, giving apartment owners and tenants the ability to install a system for charging EVs at their designated parking spaces. This would be an important part of e-mobility in the country and opens the doors for potential ridesharing or ride-hailing services through EVs.

In the next 10 years, Volkswagen plans to launch 75 new electric models with the ID.3 being the first model. Volkswagen plans to give access to some 150,000 public charging points throughout Europe through its We Charge service and is building up a network of high-power charging stations across Europe through IONITY, a network of power charging EVs.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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