The Volkswagen Group has its own charging company, Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH, aka “Elli”, and the company now offers drivers of Volkswagen electric vehicles more options for obtaining their electricity. In Germany, EV owners can already get 100% of their electricity from green energy sources.

More specifically, Volkswagen has joined forces with and offers customers the “Volkswagen Naturstrom Connect” electricity tariff.

Rather than simply offering fixed times when charging is cheaper or supposed to be greener, the smart charging tariff pays attention to what exactly is going on in the grid. “The Volkswagen Naturstrom Connect tariff has been developed by directly integrating the energy tariff with the use of electric vehicle charging, controlled via the Naturstrom Connect application. The customer allows the charging of their electric vehicle to respond dynamically to the carbon intensity on the network, ”writes Elli.

Not only that, but electric vehicle owners get points for it! For every smart load over 7 kWh, the owner gets one point. With 10 points, they then benefit from an invoice credit of € 5, with the possibility of saving up to € 100 per year.

Everything is integrated via the Volkswagen ID. Regarding the partner, “Elli selected to deliver this proposal on a multi-year contract after working with them during the Volkswagen Future Mobility Incubator. “

“It’s great to see come through the program and get commercial traction for Team Elli so quickly. This is a great testament to Volkswagen’s approach of bringing great start-ups through our programs and launching the best ideas in the market, ”said Johannes Rönsberg, coordinator of the Volkswagen Future Mobility incubator. .

“This is an important step not only for us and for Volkswagen, but more importantly for electric vehicle drivers, by integrating smart charging into home charging and energy services. ” Nick woolley, co-founder and CEO of, said. “I’m excited to scale a one-of-a-kind tariff in Volkswagen’s home country, and beyond. It has been fantastic to work so closely with Elli and the wider Volkswagen Group load team to develop a greener, cheaper and simpler solution for EV drivers.

This is an uplifting development in the EV charging ecosystem, and I’m excited to see how and how quickly it is growing. I’m not sure if this is something Elli will ever expand to the US, but I think it could expand into European markets, and maybe it will indeed be a possibility in various service jurisdictions. audiences on time.

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