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Volkswagen ID. Wallbox Charger Order Books Open, Prices Start at €399

Shortly after it announced deliveries of the first electric ID.3 would begin in September, German carmaker Volkswagen said on Friday (June 12) it opened the order books for the ID. Charger, the charging solution developed specifically with the ID.3 in mind.
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The technology was announced in the fall of last year, and it consists of three different solutions, separated not by capacity (all are fixed Type 2 cable 11 kW units), but by the level of connectivity.

The entry-level wallbox can charge the ID.3 with a 58 kWh battery to full capacity in 6 hours, "five times faster than a normal domestic power socket." This hardware sells from €399. The second is the ID. Charger Connect (with the same capability as the entry-level), only it adds home network and smartphone connectivity using WLAN or LAN (LTE optionally) for €599.

At the top of the range sits the ID.Charger Pro that for €849 adds an integrated electric meter for "precise billing per kilowatt-hour." LTE connectivity is standard, including with a lifetime coverage of the data cost.

For now Volkswagen has only opened the order books in eight European countries, and says the first wallboxes have already been delivered to customers across the continent.

“Volkswagen is also setting new standards for charging in the volume segment. We will be building a complete charging network around the ID.3 over the coming months,” said in a statement Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-mobility.

“The ID. Charger gets things rolling, further charging services will follow. In future, charging an electric car is to be as clear and simple as charging a smartphone.”

The electric Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback will eventually be offered in three versions, with ranges between 330 km (205 miles) for the entry level to 550 km (342 miles) on the top of the line.

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