This is how Volkswagen wants electric cars to be recharged in the future

Volkswagen presents new solutions for recharging electric cars within the universal ecosystem of the German company’s We Charge service.

Charging batteries in electric and plug-in hybrid cars remains one of the main handicaps facing these types of vehicles. To try to improve it, manufacturers like Volkswagen is working on developing new solutions for recharging electric cars. The German company introduced new billing methods for its service We charge.

According to Volkswagen, “it is the first high-volume manufacturer to offer its customers a universal and homogeneous ecosystem for recharging their electric models”. It does this through the We Charge service, which add new functions (and more to come in the near future), to provide more performance, convenience and durability.

“The general improvement of the charging infrastructure is decisive in accelerating the ramp-up of the electric mobility campaign. The load should be more simple and easier to integrate into daily activitiesExplains Silke Bagschik, CMO ID. Digital and Head of Marketing and Sales, e-Mobility product line at Volkswagen.

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Volkswagen’s goal is to ensure that an electric car is capable of being the primary vehicle of a customer. To achieve this, the brand is working on building a complete charging ecosystem, with residential charging solutions and the extension of a fast charging infrastructure.

They will also offer their customers advice, comprehensive freight rates and fleet solutions tailored to commercial customers. In addition, Volkswagen expects the batteries of its electric vehicles to be used in the energy market as mobile energy storage units.

The burden in the present

Volkswagen offers various charging solutions for electric cars. the charge in the garage of the house can be done using a IDENTIFIER. Charger, for example. Customers can choose between the basic version and two network-connected variants which can be controlled through the We Connect app.

In Germany, the company also offers an electricity supply contract called “Volkswagen Naturstrom”, in order to guarantee fully certified green electricity from renewable energies.

The immediate future depends on a solid fast charging infrastructure

Another solution for We Charge customers is access to one of the largest charging networks in Europe. offers more than 270,000 connected public charging stations, both in town and on long-distance journeys, a number that increases over time.

By 2025, Volkswagen will install around 18,000 fast-charging stations in Europe, supplemented by around 35,000 charging points that will be set up with certain partners, many of which will be accessible to the public. In addition, We Charge customers will have access from 2022 to the networks of Ionity, Aral, BP and EON.

The future: smarter, more powerful and two-way charging

The next level of Volkswagen’s electric car charging strategy is intelligent two-way charging. This means that Volkswagen electric cars will be able to power the customer’s home network (car to home) and will also provide electricity to stabilize the electricity network in the future.

All Volkswagen ID models with a 77 kWh battery they will have the option of two-way billing in the future. A wireless update will be used which will be rolled out gradually so that it is also available on models already delivered to customers. It will take a special BiDi box for energy transfer and communication between vehicle and home.

On the other hand, in the near future, all Volkswagen IDs will roll off the production line with an update that will allow, in versions with a 77 kWh battery, to perform fast charging with a power of 135 kW (or 150 kW in the Volkswagen ID.5 GTX). So far, the maximum power is 125 kW.

Volkswagen’s ambitious future plans

Volkswagen’s strategic objective will be to achieve CO2 neutrality in 2050. This ambitious goal is part of the decarbonisation program Path to ZERO, which plans to reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40% by 2030.

The goal is also to make the manufacturing process, including supply chains, and the operation of electric cars climate neutral. This will be completed by the systematic recycling of high voltage batteries old electric cars.

In addition, Volkswagen expects that at least the 70% of its sales in Europe will come from electric cars in 2030, which is equivalent to over a million vehicles. To achieve these goals, Volkswagen will launch at least one electric vehicle each year.

This article was published in Autobild by Aarón Pérez.

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