Volkswagen’s MEB-based electric cars will receive “plug & charge” 2022

Soon, the Volkswagen Group’s MEB-based electric cars only need to be plugged in to start charging. In addition, new navigation, two-way charging, stronger fast charging and “Battery Care Mode” which will extend battery life with a simple trick.

The fiddling with tags, apps or charging cards for owners of VW’s ID models will soon be over.

Good news for all owners of Volkswagen’s ID models.

All models in the program will “soon” roll off the belt with a new software version called “E 3.0”. The update will also come “over the air” (OTA) to vehicles that are already rolling on the roads.

With the 77 kWh battery, the maximum charging power increases from 125 to 135 kW (or 150 kW for ID.5 GTX). It saves about nine minutes when charging 5-80 percent.

To extend battery life “Battery Care Mode” is also added, which can be switched on to block the charge to a maximum of 80 percent.

The ID cars will also be able to charge bi-directionally (V2H – car to home).

– We want the batteries in our vehicles to be able to be used in the energy market as a flexible, mobile energy storage. It can also make charging noticeably cheaper for our customers when they can transfer energy from their own car to the electricity grid, says Elke Temme, responsible for charging and energy within the VW group.

The ID cars simply become an energy store so that, for example, wind turbines do not have to be stopped because the power is not needed. In 2019 alone, 6,500 gWh of renewable energy was unused in Germany – enough to run 2.7 million electric cars for an entire year. V2H requires a special DC-BiDi charging box.

The route planning in the ID cars is also sharpened with better traffic and route data as well as better information about charging points. Using real-time data, the route planner may suggest two short charges instead of a single slower one, depending on availability and charging power at different locations.

VW also announces that the ID cars will have Plug & Charge function “under 2022”. With Plug & Charge, the charging station communicates with the car so that no apps, tags or charging cards are needed.

The function also applies to already delivered cars, and VW has today finished with the networks Ionity, Aral, BP and Eon. More will be added.

The update should, according to VW, happen “soon”. But our German colleagues on auto motor and sport has information that it applies from calendar week 51. The newspaper also states that “E 3.0” should give up to 50 kilometers better range.

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