Continental has also developed the so-called "Plug and Charge" function for the ICAS1, which is used to control and simplify the vehicle charging process. It will be available from 2021. When the charging cable is plugged in, the software in the ICAS1 will be able to authenticate the registered vehicle at supported charging points and take over the charging process and its billing based on the charging contract stored in the back end.
The ICAS1 is intended to be the central control unit for all vehicles based on the Modular Electric Drive Toolkit, including the Chinese model variants and those models that are brought to the market by other vehicle manufacturers through cooperation, such as Ford. The computer is also to be used in the planned electric SUV ID.4.
Continental also supplies another important component of the ID.3: an electric drum brake with electromechanical parking brake function. The brake is based on the simplex principle (EBP-Si). According to Continental, this makes it particularly robust and low-maintenance; the supplier speaks of a lifetime service interval of up to 150,000 kilometres. It also offers OEMs greater design freedom for the vehicle interior and in the design of driver assistance systems. The long-range radar system (range 200 m) and the wheel speed sensors are also provided by the Hanover-based supplier.