I've just taken delivery on my new Id4 pure life and have high hopes for my first forage into the world of EVs.
Loving it so far but I'm busily trying to read the manual.
Any tips for charging at the high speed public chargers? The rapid charger questions will come later.
Congats on your new car! When did you place your order? Mine is due for delivery December and I’ve been doing a lot of research into charging. There are a lot of YouTube videos that are worth a watch, RSEV is a good channel that details road-trip charging in the UK in quite a few videos
The terminology can be confusing, “high speed” isn’t a recognised term. Also much of the terminology is designed for the US market and doesn’t elegantly transfer to the UK (and the rest of the world).
Charging is split into 3 categories.
1) “Granny charging” this uses a normal 13A domestic plug. It is sometimes called “Level 1” and while this makes sense it is technically incorrect. It takes roughly 36hrs to charge an iD4 from 20% to 80% using this method so it is really an “emergency only” method to use while staying with relatives over Xmas, or at a holiday cottage, etc.
2) So-called “fast” charging (it was fast when they decided on the name but by today’s standards it is pretty slow). These are correctly called “Level 2”. It is important to understand that the charger is in the car. The thing you connect to is a charging point. They are what most people use to charge at home. The iD4 comes with a 7.4kW single phase charging cord in the UK, this allows the car to charge from 20-80% in 12hrs. The iD4 has an 11kW 3-phase charger on board, so if you buy a 3-phase cord and use an 11 or 22kW charging point, the iD4 will charge from 20-80% in 8hrs. (It is worth buying a 3-phase cord if your employer provides 3-phase charging while you’re at work). Free “fast” chargers are available at Tesco. There are also networks of lamp post “fast” chargers in some cities, these usually involve a monthly subscription for reasonably-priced electricity, they are also often slowed down to 3.6kW. While public “fast” chargers do exist they don’t make much sense unless they’re at a hotel/workplace or somewhere else you already spend 4hrs or more.
3) So-called “Rapid” chargers. These are correctly called “Level 3”. Now these are the fast ones. The charger is in the unit not the car. The chargers vary from 50-350kW but the iD4 maxes at 125kW. These charge an iD4 from 20-80% in 30min. The cost of these varies a lot, most are 24-30p a kWh Ionity ones are 70p a kWh.