German automaker giant Volkswagen has just upped its bet on electric vehicles (EVs) by announcing it will begin manufacturing batteries and charging stations for those cars, which the company plans to also start mass-producing soon. Recent studies show carmakers will need to add EVs to their sales lineups to meet the new European Union rules on greenhouse gas emissions from 2021. They also highlight how German carmakers need to rethink their business as the growing adoption of EVs is expected toÂ cost the country’s key auto industry about 75,000 jobs by 2030, according to a report carried out by theÂ Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering.
Unlike the parallel HEV that relies on the battery for only brief moments, the PHEV battery is in charge depletion mode, meaning that the battery must work harder than on an HEV. This adds to battery stress and reduces longevity. While a capacity drop to 39 percent will affect the performance of the Toyota Prius HEV only marginally, such a loss would reduce the electric driving range of a PHEV from 50km to 20km (30 to 12 miles).
In the future, the Volkswagen Group will offer e-mobility for all – and will assume overall responsibility: from e-vehicle concepts, through production, sales and operations, and on to recycling. Now Volkswagen is locking in a battery design that could power millions of vehicles, including the much-anticipated I.D. Buzz electric van. Fundamentally the approach is different than Tesla’s, with a format- and brand-agnostic design that’s positioned to give the automaker options to make sure it has a reliable, competitive, cost-effective pack for this new generation of electric people’s cars”—through a time when cells and chemistries are likely to keep significantly improving.
Speaking of the battery, once the production of regular ID.3 models begins, customers will be able to choose from three different options. The base model has a 45-kWh battery for a range of up to 205 miles (330 km) at a single charge measured by the WLTP. Above that is the 58-kWh battery with an autonomous range of 261 miles (420 km) – this option is the only one available for the ID.3 1ST launch edition. The range-topping offering has a 77-kWh battery pack for up to 342 miles (550 km) on a single charge. A 100-kW quick charger should provide juice for about 180 miles (290 km) in 30 minutes.
The first model of an entire family. The ID.3 is the first vehicle of an entire family and all members of the Volkswagen ID. range will feature the ID. designation. Its clear objective is to help electric mobility breakthrough on the mass market. ID. stands for intelligent design, identity and visionary technologies. In this process, ID. is not an abbreviation for a certain term, but rather symbolically represents the various properties united in these vehicles: automated driving with zero emissions, intuitive operation and personalized networking.
One of the more surprising claims Volkswagen is already making for this pack is that DC fast charging at 100 or 125 kw will have no significant impact on the pack, in terms of long-term degradation. More than 80 percent of the total capacity is usable pack capacity, so there’s not as much baked-in flexibility to cover degradation as in some other EVs. It is also good for the h8 led headlight bulb used, saving more energy and provide brighter.