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How to charge the Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen ID.3 is one of the most popular EV’s on the road in Britain with over 11,000 registrations since its release in late 2019. The ID.3 is a similar size to the VW Golf, just slightly wider than its predecessor.

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Can I charge the Volkswagen ID.3 at home?

The Volkswagen ID.3 uses a Type 2 charger, which is a typical home EV charger.

The zappi can be plugged into the ID.3 for three levels of charging based on your unique requirements and schedule. Fast charging will charge your car directly from your own solar panels or from the grid as quickly as possible. Eco-charging is best used overnight when the costs of electricity are typically lower, and off-peak charging will take longer but ensure that you are charged at the lowest cost possible!

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What charger does the Volkswagen ID.3 use?

All VW electric cars, including the ID.3 come equipped with a Type 1, 120-volt charger.

This works well for occasional or emergency use, but isn’t ideal to be charging your vehicle on the regular. Using this type of charger can be both costly and could take up to 50 hours to fully charge.

Typically, owners opt for purchasing a Type 2 charger. The Volkswagen ID.3 is equipped with a Type 2 connector for charging, which can be used at home, work, or public charging points across the UK.

How much does it cost to charge the Volkswagen ID.3?

The cost of charging any EV always depends on a number of factors. From the type of charger used, location, and setting used. For example, rapid charging will typically cost more than eco charging done off-peak. However, if you’re looking to calculate the average cost of charging your Volkswagen ID.3 at home, this is around £16-£18 from empty to full.

Charging your ID.3 using a rapid public charger will always cost slightly more, but is convenient for recharging when pressed for time or parked up for a period. The average cost to take the ID.3 from 20% charge to 100% is around £18-£22 on a public charging point.

Of course, we cannot comment for all public electric charging points as privately owned chargers can have their own rates and differences in tariffs.


How long does it take to charge the Volkswagen ID.3?

The time it takes to charge the Volkswagen ID.3 is based on a number of different factors from the type of charger used to the location. Home chargers and public chargers for example, charge EV’s differently due to the kW of power.

Using a typical 7kW charger at home the charge time is 9 hours and a half hours. Charging using a 11kW charger however reduces this time down to just 6 hours 15. This is a large contrast to using the 3-pin charger which comes with the vehicle on purchase, this can take up to 35 hours to charge from 0% to 100%.

However, public charging stations found in car parks and service stations can power your battery using anywhere between 50 to 150kW meaning your charge time can be dramatically reduced in the Volkswagen ID.3 to between 30 and 60 minutes.

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