If something is important, the boss takes care of it personally. That’s also what Volkswagen President Herbert Diess (62) has in mind about electric mobility. Last summer he was busy with promotions ID.3, the first electric vehicle for the widely advertised electric attack. To do this, Stromer took a vacation to Lake Garda and reported it on the job network LinkedIn.
A year ago the tour was successful. This year he caused frustration with the VW chief. Reason: Cannot be shipped on the road. At first Diss tried unsuccessfully on the stove, as he wrote on LinkedIn: “Very few charging points on the stove! Only 4 – Of course, everyone stops at the shopping center. Busy.” So, Deiss drove to Trento with an ID.3 Pro S with a range of 555 km. The following disappointment: “Even after last year’s criticism: no toilet, no coffee, one shaft out of order / defective, sad relationship.”
Swipe your shipping network
Public charging stations at both locations are operated by Ionity, Europe’s largest charging network. Dis vindicates his anger: “This is nothing but a premium charging experience, Ionity!” The irony of the story: Volkswagen owns a 20 percent stake in Ionity. The manufacturer established a freight network with the group brands Audi and Porsche as well as competitors Mercedes, BMW and Ford. Meanwhile, Hyundai also joined in.
Marcus Grohl, president of Ionity, did not address the criticism and immediately answered on LinkedIn. “For the Trento site, we are working with our partner site Eni to improve customer service. The faulty loader was fixed yesterday.” There are also expansion plans for additional charging stations at the Brenner site.
Best through Switzerland
Perhaps Dess should have followed his words and drove with more caution. “I now have an ID.3 PRO S, a very good range with a cautious and defensive driving style – you can handle Lake Constance-Lake Garda without the need for an average charge.” Driving ID.3 was obviously a lot of fun…
Alternatively, Des could have driven his way through Switzerland. Fast charging stations can now be found at almost every highway service station. Including, of course, Ionic columns, for example at Kemptthal near Winterthur (ZH). In scattered samples last week, all columns were free.
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