Volkswagen Group’s bug-plagued software has gotten a lot of attention, with product delays for its Audi and Porsche brands making headlines and contributing to the ousting of Herbert Diess as CEO.
The automaker also lags behind the competition in another respect that has flown relatively under the radar: charging times for its battery-electric cars
The VW ID4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are similarly priced vehicles, starting around $50,000 for their 77 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery versions.
But the ID4 takes more than double the time to charge to 200 km (124 miles) of range, with the two clocking in at 20 minutes and 10 minutes, respectively.
One of the engineering decisions that has put Hyundai toward the head of the pack in this regard was its adoption of an 800-volt architecture. This enables its car batteries to more quickly take in electricity at higher power by lowering the current, which can be a limiting factor for other vehicles.