Charging & Range

How far can I drive? 

Our ID. family represents a new generation of electric vehicles that can drive longer distances with a single battery charge. This helps to make electric mobility an attractive alternative for more and more people: commuters, short-term travellers or long-distance drivers. And thanks to the new quick charging stations this doesn’t even take as long as you may think.

Illustration of a map showing Volkswagen electric vehicle charging and range.

Electricity will get you there.

Side view of the ID. Crozz while driving along the lake

When you think about electric mobility, the issue of range automatically comes up. How far can I go with a battery charge? How do I divide up longer journeys? Where do I charge my vehicle up again and how long will it take? When you switch to an electric vehicle, you can simply charge it up during a short break at a charging station. Often just 20 minutes of charging is enough for the next part of your journey. 

And there’s more good news in store: our new electric vehicles based on the modular electric drive kit (MEB) will be introduced in 2019. The ID. family will be able to achieve ranges of approx. 200 up to in excess of 340 miles with the new WLTP standard – depending on the battery size and body style of the particular vehicle.

WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure and is a new standardised global test procedure that is more oriented towards everyday driving behaviour.

WLTP range vs. realistic customer range

Since September 2018 all electric vehicles must state their standard range according to the WLTP process. WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure. This test is binding to all manufacturers and allows for a comparison between different electric vehicles. The number you should look out for is the combined value, which takes city, country road, and motorway driving into account.

First electric car: 45 kWh*: WLTP: 205 miles, 143-205 miles. Second car: 58 kWh*: WLTP 261 miles, 186-261 miles. Third car: 77 kWh*: WLTP: 342 miles, 242-342 miles
1. Net capacity

Comparison of the ID.3’s ranges across battery size

Because WLTP range only takes driving into account, any battery used up by factors such as the air conditioning or heating won’t be included in the number.

For this reason, Volkswagen also states the realistic customer range. This is the range span we anticipate 80% of ID.3 drivers will actually achieve day-to-day without having to recharge.

It is possible that the realistic customer range will be higher than the WLTP range in certain situations. For example, when driving in the city the highly effective electric motor combined with recuperative braking from stop-start driving can give your range a boost.

The everyday commuter.

Do you make several short trips each day? Perhaps you take your children to school in the morning, then drive to work and do some shopping in the afternoon. If you are like the average commuter and use your electric car to travel around 30 miles a day, you will only need to charge it around once or twice a week, depending on the size of the battery. Ideally, you can do this at home overnight using your optional Wallbox. This means that you can get into a fully charged car in the morning and start your day full of energy. 

Quickly drive the kids to school and then off to the office.

The infrastructure for charging stations in public places such as supermarket car parks is being increasingly expanded. If your employer offers staff the option to charge their vehicles at work, this is the best option. This enables you to make effective use of the long times when your car is stood in the car park at work and you will only need to charge once or twice a week for day-to-day travel with normal commuting distances. 

Street map that shows a route from home to the supermarket and to school.

Weekend trips and short breaks.

You’re sure to also make a few longer trips with your electric car over the course of a year – whether to visit family and friends, check out another city or take a short trip to the seaside or countryside in the Easter or autumn holidays. The ID.3 can achieve real-world ranges of around 248 miles on the motorway, based on the larger battery options.

You can reach many medium to long distance destinations, such as when you go on holiday at Easter, either without or by recharging briefly while you take a coffee break. There is no need to change your routes or the way you travel because you will most likely stop and take a break or two anyway.

Visit your relatives for a couple of days or take a short break.
A map that shows the route leading from home to the office and to the holiday destination outside of town

The holiday-maker.

Did you know that you only need to charge your electric car three to four times on a long journey of around 620 miles? This means that you can also cover longer distances. And let’s be honest, there’s nothing wrong with a quick lap to stretch your legs, a tasty snack or a hot cup of coffee now and then.

Take a break on long journeys and top up your charge.
Map of northern Europe showing the route from home to the holiday destination. Along the way are multiple charging stations.

Large range. Great flexibility.

Already driving an electric car or considering buying one? Excellent. Now you know that the range offered by electric vehicles is bigger than you might have thought. Whether it’s for short or long distances, for everyday or holiday travel – you can now be just as flexible as you would be with a petrol or diesel car. You can use your navigation system to quickly and easily find the nearest charging station when you are out and about, for excellent practicality. Not least because the amount of public charging stations on offer is continuously growing. 

Illustration of a smartphone with a position needle that points towards a charging station on a map

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