The Volkswagen Group has announced a series of changes to its public charging network that mutually aim to enhance the user experience of it. Here, the Groups’ volume brands – Volkswagen, Cupra, Seat and ŠKODA – will offer tariffs for public charging, allowing customers to charge at fixed kilowatt-hour prices across the network. At the same time, the Group will further expanding the presence of its European charging network, with more than 310,000 stations spread through the continent, with around 10,000 fast chargers at 3,000 locations.

Customers will soon have the choice between three basic tariffs, each with fixed prices per kilowatt hour charged. The new tariffs apply to customers of Volkswagen’s We Charge, ŠKODA’s Powerpass, and Seat/Cupra’s Easy Charging, as well as Elli, and offer top conditions for Ionity fast chargers, among other benefits. While pricing will vary by country these principles will remain consistent.

These changes also incorporate a Selected Partner program with select charging park operators. In the future, charging stations from these operators will be highlighted on the navigation system and drivers can request it to direct them there. The quality criteria for this program includes reliability, weather protection, and whether catering is available. This criteria effectively enabling customers to target charging stations with a canopy and coffee offering. The program is scheduled to begin later this year.

Another component of the Volkswagen Group’s announcement is the market launch of Plug&Charge. The function will be activated from the middle of the year through a software update in all EVs from the Group’s volume brands based on its MEB architecture. Through Plug&Charge, the vehicle identifies itself at the corresponding charging stations with the ISO 15188 standard and automatically begins charging. Today, it is supported by a number of key players in the charging and energy spaces, such as IONITY, Aral/bp, E.ON and Iberdrola.

By 2025, the Volkswagen Group has committed to installing an estimated 45,000 high-power charging points in Europe, China and the USA with its partners. A charging product range will provide charging solutions for private customers and companies, ranging from Volkswagen’s own wallbox and flexible fast charging station, to charging services and smart green electricity tariffs.