New VW ID.3 to be equipped with high-capacity batteries and eight-year warranty

Volkswagen will launch production of the ID.3 before the end of the year. The compact-class model is the first member of the ID. Family, and VW says its lithium-ion batteries will allow for a range of up to 550 kilometres. The company says it will guarantee that the batteries will retain at least 70 per cent of their usable capacity after eight years or 160,000 kilometres. 

Volkswagen will offer the ID batteries in different sizes. If an owner is not really interested in being able to drive long distances (for example 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, a maximum range of approx. 330 to 550 kilometres can be achieved.

Volkswagen says it has also designed the batteries to be able to accommodate a charging capacity of up to 125 kW, meaning fast charging times.

Volkswagen expects around 50 per cent of all charging operations will be performed at home and 20 per cent at work and a new range of wall boxes have been designed with that relationship in mind. These charging stations, which can be installed at home or at a business, work with charging capacities of up to 11 kilowatts (AC). The wall box has enough power to charge a battery up to full power overnight or in the course of a working day.

Volkswagen also believes that 25 per cent of all charging operations will occur in public spaces and five per cent at recharging stations on motorways. Depending on the driving style employed, an ID.3 with the largest battery variant would only have to be charged twice on an 800km trip. If the battery is charged at a fast charging station with a high capacity, around 260 kilometres of additional range could be charged in 30 minutes.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (July 2019)

9 Jul 2019

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