Volkswagen ID.4 Now Offers Plug & Charge Exclusive to Electrify America

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Volkswagen ID.4 Now Offers Plug & Charge Exclusive to Electrify America

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover, manufactured in the U.S., is set to introduce plug & charge functionality. This feature simplifies the charging process, eliminating the need for manual payment inputs each time you charge.

Starting early 2024 for the 2023 model year ID.4, this convenience will be exclusively available at Electrify America’s DC fast charging stations, which is owned by Volkswagen Group of America. Notably, the ID.4 is also produced at the Chattanooga Tennessee assembly plant.

To activate plug & charge, ID.4 owners need to enable it through the Electrify America smartphone app. Once done, when they plug in their EV at a DC fast charger, the car communicates with the network and initiates charging automatically. This means no more swiping cards or entering data manually – it should be a seamless process.

Volkswagen states that 2023 ID.4 owners will enjoy three years of 30-minute DC fast charging sessions with Electrify America. The plug & charge feature simplifies the process of accessing these free charging sessions.

This concept is akin to what Tesla owners have had for many years when they charge their EVs at Tesla Superchargers, offering a convenient experience – provided it functions smoothly.

However, it’s worth noting that bidirectional charging, allowing U.S. ID.4 owners to export energy from their EV’s battery and use it as a mobile generator, is still unavailable. This capability, which Ford, General Motors, Tesla, and others provide, remains absent.

In Europe, ID models equipped with the 77-kilowatt-hour (usable) battery pack and running ID Software version 3.5 or higher can access bidirectional charging. This includes the updated ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.7, and ID.Buzz models, enabling the vehicle-to-home (V2H) function.

In the United States, Volkswagen is currently in the process of “investigating” the availability of this feature, as mentioned by a company spokesperson to InsideEVs in December 2023.

For the U.S. market, the ID.4 electric vehicles are offered with two battery pack options: 62 kWh (gross capacity, 58 kWh usable) and 82 kWh (gross, 77 kWh usable). They come with rear-wheel drive as the standard configuration, and there’s also an option for an all-wheel drive powertrain.

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