Volkswagen: ID. models to be equipped with batteries offering the highest charging capacity
Volkswagen will launch production of the ID.31 before the year is out. The compact-class model is the first member of the ID. family, a new generation of Volkswagen's progressive electric vehicles.
The future owners of ID. models won’t need to worry about the durability of their batteries either, as Volkswagen will guarantee that the batteries will retain at least 70 per cent of their usable capacity even after eight years or 160,000 kilometres.
In 2017, Volkswagen consolidated its battery development activities at a Centre of Excellence in Salzgitter. «Our goal is to make sure the ID. batteries last as long as the cars» says Frank Blome, Head of the Centre of Excellence.
Volkswagen will offer the ID. batteries in different sizes. If an owner of an ID. vehicle is not really interested in being able to drive long distances because they mainly only drive short distances in a city, they can opt for a battery with a relatively low energy content. This, in turn, will make their vehicle less expensive. Those who frequently drive long distances can choose a larger battery. Depending on the battery and vehicle type in question, a maximum range of approx. 330 to 550 kilometres (WLTP) can be achieved.
Volkswagen also designed the batteries to be able to accommodate a charging capacity of up to 125 kW, which is higher than anything achieved to date in the ID.3 segment and ensures fast charging and shorter charging stops.