VW introduces charging update in production

VW introduces charging update in production

Soon, all VW ID. electric models will roll off the production line with a new software version that offers advantages when charging. Most updates will be applied "over the air" to vehicles that have already been delivered via software update.

With the 77 kWh battery, the maximum charging power increases from 125 to 135 kW (or 150 kW for the ID.5 GTX). This is said to be able to save up to nine minutes when charging from 5 to 80 percent. In addition, all ID. models with the 77 kWh battery will in future be capable of bidirectional charging (vehicle-to-home). However, a special DC BiDi wallbox is required for this. In order to conserve the battery, there is the new Battery Care Mode, which limits the charge level (SoC) upwards to 80 percent. For vehicles that have already been delivered, these functions will also be successively available via over-the-air updates.

Rumors about a higher DC charging power for the MEB models had been around for a while, at times there was talk of up to 170 kW. With the ID.5, the update to 135 kW was then announced, which in addition to the slightly higher peak power is supposed to offer above all a flatter charging curve. VW expects this to drop the charging time to 80 percent from 38 minutes to 29 minutes. At the order launch of the ID.5, it was then announced that the ID.5 GTX can even charge with up to 150 kW at peak. Updates for the MEB models of other group brands have not yet been announced, but will probably follow.

In addition, the "E 3.0" software package is said to allow up to 50 kilometers more range, as Elli boss Elke Temme told "AMS" - and that "even in wintry temperatures." This information, however, is not included in the VW announcement about the update.