Volkswagen will increase the maximum charging rate of its ID.3 and ID.4 electric cars with a new software update, which will also enhance the charging process for owners or new buyers.
The announcement is part of a range of new charging solutions detailed today by the brand, which includes bi-directional charging and a new function added to 2022 ID. models that replaces the current public charging authentication process.
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From next year, ID.3 and ID.4 models will leave the factory with a ‘version 3.0’ software upgrade. This will increase the maximum charging rate from 125kW to 135kW for models with the 77kWh battery, cutting the 5-80% battery charge on a public charger by up to nine minutes.
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The new software, which will also be rolled out to existing ID.3 and ID.4 owners via an over-the-air update, also introduces a new Battery care mode that allows users to stop the battery charging at 80%. This should help to extend the battery’s lifespan.
Furthermore, VW has restructured the charging menu shown on the cars’ infotainment screens in “a more informative and clearer way”. The online route Calculation function has been updated, too, giving more dynamic route evaluation that better plans charging stops along the route.