VW lowers heat pump price ID.3, ID.4 due to poor cooling efficiency
Electric vehicles are available with or without a heat pump, but you definitely want a heat pump for a variety of reasons. Not only does it capture heat to warm up the cabin, but a heat pump maximizes range when it’s cold outside.
However, heat pumps also have a disadvantage. That’s too promising, and that’s exactly what Volkswagen did with the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 crossover. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer has overestimated the efficiency of the heat pump by 10 to 20 percent at -25 degrees Celsius.
Because Volkswagen has broken its announced promise, Volkswagen has committed to repay millions. More specifically, € 285 per 56,230 customers means a total of € 16,025,550 or $ 19,566,395 at current exchange rates.
Given that VW had to pay billions because of the Dieselgate scandal, this mistake won’t hurt the German automaker’s coffers too much. In addition, Wolfsburg has cut the price of the reversible heat pump in Germany from 1,250 euros to 990 euros, and customers are also being spoiled with an over-the-air update that supposedly improves the efficiency of the heat pump at low temperatures.
With this in mind, it is very surprising to see VW taking responsibility for the discrepancy between advertised and real numbers. This open attitude signals a rather terrible shift in corporate culture that led to the emissions scandal that accelerated the automaker EV Rush.
Speaking of EV rush: the ID.3 will get a hot hatch variant in the near future. The upcoming model, which was previewed by the ID.X Concept, achieves 333 PS (329 PS) and has an RWD-only drift mode function.