How electric
vehicles work

Peek under the hood of our EVs and find out what powers them.

Peek under the hood of our EVs and find out what powers them.

The anatomy of your ID. vehicle

From the outside, Volkswagen’s ID. family has a signature blue accent detail that lets everyone know your electric credentials.

Once you look inside, you’ll see a new breed of automobile. Get to know the ins and outs of our EVs with these key features.

Instead of a fuel cap, there’s a safety socket for the electrical cable to plug into.

Your EV and battery talk to one another at all times to keep things moving via the BMS.

Heated seats are an efficient way to keep you cozy without wasting valuable battery power.

In Canada, a standard heat pump generates warmth for the cabin as efficiently as possible, in addition to the resistive electric heater on the coldest days.

Each electric vehicle is equipped with a high-voltage cable that connects the charging socket to the battery and allows power to flow.

We use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries to keep our EVs moving. Each one holds a charge that will keep going for up to an estimated 400 km.* You can find yours under the floor, where it doesn’t take up space you need for people and cargo.

The heart of an electric vehicle is the electric motor, gearbox, and power electronics. All these parts can be found under the hood.

Charging brakes

Your EV doesn’t just harness power from a charging station – it creates power when you brake too. Our vehicles are capable of recuperating that energy and transferring it into battery charge.

Service made simple

The mechanics of a purely electric vehicle consist of three components: the on-board charger, the inverter, and the motor. By comparison, the mechanics of an internal combustion engine have more moving parts and thus need more maintenance. There are simpler parts under the hood of an electric vehicle, which makes service and maintenance less frequent and less cumbersome.