Volkswagen of America said it was offering ID.4 EV software updates but these require a trip to the dealer. Some 2021 model year versions will also get a new 12v battery.

“New features to enhance the charging experience and further improve system performance will be available on MY21 and certain MY22 vehicles,” the automaker said in a statement.

“This first update is a prerequisite for future features. Eligible vehicle owners will receive formal notification once the update is made available to them.”

The software upgrade adds a charge routing feature to the native navigation system which allows drivers to filter for Electrify America stations only [a charging deal goes with the car] or for certain levels of charging speeds available at any station.

Auto Hold is also added but can be deactivated with a shortcut menu if desired.

Battery information in the cockpit display is supplemented with a state of charge percentage display and current drive mode is also now shown while a trip computer brings current driving data and ambient temperature.

Just like every smartphone update: “Also included in the upgrade are minor bug fixes, along with security improvements. In the future, VW plans to further enhance the capability of these vehicles with plug & charge capability and additional remote features.”

Owners of MY21 vehicles will receive communication requesting that they book in person appointments with local dealers for the software update and replacement of the vehicle’s 12-volt battery. Owners of a “limited population” of MY22 vehicles will be notified soon regarding “next steps for updates to their vehicles”.