Volkswagen rolls out “e-car charger for everyone”

June 15, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volkswagen rolls out “e-car charger for everyone”
Volkswagen has started the sale of the ID. Charger for convenient and fast charging of electric vehicles at home. The charger is tailored to Volkswagen's ID. family, but can also be used for all other electric cars with type-2 plugs.

Initially, the wallbox can be ordered in eight European countries (Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland). The first boxes have already been delivered to customers these days. With its low introductory price (starting at 399 euros), Volkswagen intends to accelerate the rapid market penetration of electric mobility in the volume segment. According to Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for e-mobility, the company intends to set up a complete shop network around the ID.3 in the coming months. "The ID. Charger is the first step, further charging services will follow," said Ulbrich. "In future, charging an e-car should be as simple and natural as charging a smartphone."

The ID. Charger will gradually be available in three versions. All versions offer up to 11 kW charging power, a permanently attached type-2 charging cable and integrated DC residual current protection. The two top models, Charger Connect and Charger Pro, will be fully networked and can be controlled via smartphone. The functions of the associated app include monitoring charging processes, remote maintenance and access control via charging card. The model ID. Charger Pro model also offers an integrated electricity meter and enables, for example, the billing of electricity costs for company car drivers.

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