cost of recharging and autonomy on a long trip of 850 km

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The Volkswagen ID.3 is one of the electric cars that can boast of being the main vehicle in a home. That’s why we put you through our simulation exercise of long summer and winter trips. Let’s see how it holds up against the others on 850 kilometers of highway.

Volkswagen ID.3 // Source Marius Hanin for Frandroid

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Traveling around France in an electric car remains a challenge in terms of organization and anticipation. In fact, even if the various fast charging networks allow many vehicles to take to the road without fear of running out of fuel, it is necessary to know where and how long to stop.

Among the vehicles that can take on the role of adventurer, we have selected the Volkswagen ID.3, which is one of the most capable compacts on paper. We return to the classic instructions of the exercise, namely: exit at 100% battery, arrival at 20% and cruising speed of 130 km/h on the highway.

We will return to the characteristics of the Volkswagen ID.3 below, before planning our different trips. Below you will find the summary tables of the different models that have already gone through this exercise, so you can compare them at a glance. Without further ado, let’s see how long journeys in the Volkswagen ID.3 go.

The characteristics of the Volkswagen ID.3

The model we have chosen today is the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S, with 77 kWh battery. In the WLTP cycle, the announced autonomy reaches 545 kilometerswhich guarantees that you can move without hindrance.

Of course, in the conditions of our high-speed travel, one should not expect to be able to cover such a distance in one go. The maximum charging power reaches 135 kW for the ID. 3 Pro S, which doesn’t make it a fast charging champ.

Volkswagen ID.3 // Source Marius Hanin for Frandroid

We will use the different networks available in France to recharge on the road, such as Ionity, Fastned, Totalenergies or Tesla Superchargers, which are open to all if necessary.

The essential route planner To plan the routes, a Better Route Planner will be used, with the reference consumption by default inherent to the Volkswagen ID. 3 pros

Route planning

Before departure, it is necessary to recharge the vehicle to 100%: we consider that it is necessary to pay 0.17 euros per kilowatt hour at home. The associated cost is therefore 13 euros to fill the 77 kWh of the battery. As for fast charging, we chose to consider the price per kilowatt hour at 0.68 euros on average. Keep in mind that depending on the operators, the subscriptions and possibly the periods in which you recharge, the bill can be more or less high.

Our two reference trips are intended to simulate, firstly, the summer holidays (Orléans – Arcachon) and, secondly, the winter holidays (Caen – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc). These two trips of 530 and 850 kilometers respectively put the Volkswagen ID.3 to the test: we’ll see how it goes.

For the summer route, the parameters shown in A Better Route Planner are the following: 25 degrees Celsius outside temperature, no wind, arrival at a charging station with 10% battery remaining, and arrival at destination with 20 %. For the winter trip, it is essentially the same, apart from the weather, where we choose a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.

The balance of the different routes

A large charge is enough to travel more than 500 kilometers

If the WLTP range of the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S is more or less equal to the distance of our summer trip, it is clear thatit is not conceivable to make this journey between Orleans and Arcachon in one go.

Many fast chargers are placed along the route – a better route planner suggests stopping once at a Ionity Terminal, with a duration of 44 minutes all the same.

To go from 22 to 86% battery during this charge, the cost is estimated at 33 euros. Adding the initial initial charge, we get a fee of 46 euros for this summer trip.

Regarding consumption, it is announced at 200 Wh/km, which corresponds to a autonomy of 385 kilometers reign.

Approximately an hour and a half of cargo to cross the country.

A long winter drive with very low temperatures puts most electric cars to the test. In fact, consumption in winter is higher and, depending on the vehicle, fast charging performance may be reduced.

The VW ID. 3 Pro S required four charges to reach destination with 20% battery on our winter trip. If the first charge is very fast (7 minutes), the next three are about half an hour.

In these three major charges, the pattern is recurring: half an hour of charging for an hour and a half of driving. This is the reality of electric travel for many and represents a significant charging time for long journeys. The total duration of the charges is estimated at 1 hour and 35 minutes for this trip.

As for costs, we estimate them at 92 euros for fast charging, and therefore at 105 euros for the 850 kilometer journey including charging at home. With a consumption 10% higher than the summer route (219 Wh/km according to A Better Route Planner), the autonomy of the DNI. The 3 Pro S is estimated at 350 kilometers in these winter conditions.

Consumption, recharging cost and autonomy

With the home charge price of 13 euros, below we summarize the different costs and durations associated with the different charges. Whether it is for the summer or winter trip, you will be able to compare the many electric cars that have played the game so far.

Vehicle summer trip cost Summer trip loading time Total summer travel time
Tesla Model 3 Propulsion €36 – €49 31 minutes 5h09m
Tesla Model 3 Long Range €31 – €45 13 – 25 minutes 4h 56min
EV6 58 kWh €52 – €60 38 – 43 minutes 5h30min
bmw i4 €48 – €58 22 – 37 minutes 5h11min
hyundai ioniq 5 €72 36 minutes 5h16min
mercedes benz eqs €44 14 minutes 4h 48min
Tesla Model Y Propulsion €46 34 minutes 5h30min
MG MG4 64 kWh €66 49 minutes 5h 39min
Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 €67 56 minutes 5h 40min
EV6 77 kWh €56 26 minutes 5h07min
Hyundai Kona 64 kWh €61 58 minutes 5h47min
Peugeot e-208 €73 1 hour 13 minutes 6h09m
Tesla Model S Plaid €46 14 minutes 4h 52min
Tesla model S €34 9 minutes 4h 47min
Skoda Enyak iV 80 €51 27 minutes 5h01min
Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe 60 €58 42 minutes 5h19m
VW ID. Buzz €82 48 minutes 5h 37min
MG MG5 €55 1 hour 03 minutes 5h40min
porsche taycan €61 19 minutes 4h 51min
Mercedes EQE 300 €43 23 minutes 4h 54min
Cupra Born VZ XL €48 33 minutes 5h05min
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S €46 44 minutes 5h16min

Vehicle winter travel cost Winter trip charging time Total travel time in winter
Tesla Model 3 Propulsion €102 1 hour 42 minutes 9:16 a.m.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range €101.3 1 hour 02 minutes 8h27
EV6 58 kWh €120 1hr 54min 9:59 a.m.
bmw i4 €147 1 hour 32 minutes 9:08 a.m.
hyundai ioniq 5 €145 1hr 29min 9:14 a.m.
mercedes benz eqs €115 50 minutes 8:03 a.m.
Tesla Model Y Propulsion €120 1 hour 46 minutes 9:42 a.m.
MG MG4 €109 – €141 2h23min 10:02 a.m.
Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 €104 – €139 2h12min 9:49 a.m.
EV6 77 kWh €143 1 hour 14 minutes 8h 54min
Hyundai Kona 64 kWh €98 – €132 2h24min 10:01 a.m.
Peugeot e-208 €168 2h 49min 10:59 a.m.
Tesla Model S Plaid €104 42 minutes 8:05 a.m.
Tesla model S €88 33 minutes 7:55 a.m.
Skoda Enyak iV 80 €113 1 hour 18 minutes 8h33m
Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe 60 €118 1 hour 46 minutes 9:04 a.m.
VW ID. Buzz €182 2h04min 9:41 a.m.
MG MG5 €122 2h36min 10:01 a.m.
porsche taycan €146 58 minutes 8:05 a.m.
Mercedes EQE 300 €112 1 hour 09 minutes 8:32 a.m.
Cupra Born VZ XL €108 1 hour 41 minutes 9:06 a.m.
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S €105 1 hour 35 minutes 8h 58min

Thanks to the density of fast chargers, traveling in ID.3 is not a problem

With its 77 kWh battery, Volkswagen ID. The 3 Pro S can be a good option to cross France, as we have seen. However, in terms of load time, how does it compare to the competition?

On the summer trip, with almost 45 minutes of charging, the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S is not one of the good students. With a smaller battery, the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion or Tesla Model Y Propulsion are two less expensive options today that can carve the road faster. The same happens with the Kia EV6 77 kWh or the Hyundai Ioniq 5, although the latter two cost more in fast charging due to their higher consumption.

Volkswagen ID.3 // Source Marius Hanin for Frandroid

In fact, the Volkswagen ID. 3 Pro S remains relatively economical on long trips thanks to its reasonable overall consumption. The summer trip has a total cost of 8.70 euros per 100 kilometers, and the winter one 12.40 euros per 100 kilometers.. Generally speaking, it’s on par with the Tesla Model 3 in winter, and much cheaper than other compacts like the Peugeot e-208 or the Renault Mégane E-Tech EV60.

Thus, even two and a half years after its launch in France, the Volkswagen ID. 3 Pro S is still an electric vehicle that is still interesting. It’s quite capable of taking on the role of the first domestic vehicle, but with the current price of its competitors, the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion or Tesla Model Y Propulsion, it’s hard to justify its purchase.

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