The Volkswagen Group is launching a charging and energy campaign. The volume brands Volkswagen, Cupra/Seat and ŠKODA are now to offer fixed kilowatt-hour prices throughout the entire charging network. At the same time, the Group is further expanding its European charging network.
Volkswagen’s expansion of its charging network in Europe means that electric car drivers can now use more than 310,000 charging points throughout Europe, including around 10,000 fast chargers at over 3,000 locations. For the offered uniform tariffs for public charging for its VW, Cupra/Seat and Skoda brands, customers will be able to choose between three basic tariffs, each with fixed prices per charged kilowatt-hour.
Previously, all brands had different tariffs, although the VW, Skoda and Cupra/Seat offers are all based on the service of the VW subsidiary Elli. Customers of Audi and Porsche, whose charging services use the DCS offer, are not affected.
The new tariffs apply to customers of We Charge (Volkswagen), Powerpass (Skoda), Easy Charging (Seat/Cupra) and Elli and offer preferential conditions for Ionity’s fast chargers, among others. Prices may vary depending on the country.
“We want to offer our customers an optimal charging experience and make the e-car an uncompromisingly first-time vehicle choice. For this reason, we are emphatically addressing the issues of price transparency, network expansion and charging comfort. With the “Selected Partner” program, we will offer e-car drivers a quick and clear overview of the best charging options on their route. This will bring a new quality dynamic to the expansion of the charging network,” says Elke Temme, CEO Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH (Elli) and Senior Vice President Charging & Energy Volkswagen Group Components.
Volkswagen is also planning a partner programme to increase convenience at charging parks. The German carmaker says that particularly convenient charging stations will be highlighted in the navigation system and electric car drivers will be offered the option of preferentially driving there. The quality criteria will include reliability, weather protection and catering. Volkswagen says that in future, users will be able to select charging stations with a roof and coffee facilities. The programme is to be launched this year.
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