How Volkswagen’s Wire-Free Heated Windshield Works
From time to time in the Washington area, snow blankets the cars or ice builds up on the windshield, which means that window brushes and ice scrapers are always important to have in the back seat or in the trunk. If you often forget to have your scraper on hand, or simply hate having to get out to scrape off the windshield, you are sure to love all that the new heated windshield from Volkswagen has to offer. To give you a better idea of what it does have to offer, let’s take a closer look at how the windshield works.
Heated windows are definitely nothing new, but for the most part, the only window that can be heated is the back one. If you’ve ever looked at a back window and saw black lines running across the width, those are the heating elements, which are essentially just tiny wires that emit heat and help to melt the snow or ice that sits on the rear window. Again, the technology is nothing new, but what is new is the technology that Volkswagen has put into their windshield, as the heating element doesn’t use any visible wires at all.
In order to heat the windshield, Volkswagen’s latest technology uses a conductive silver layer that is made a part of the windshield. Not only is this more beneficial as there are no wires to stare at or get in the way while you’re driving, but as the conductive layer covers the entire windshield, it is more effective at getting rid of snow and ice more quickly. To top it all off, the system includes filaments toward the bottom of the windshield that help to heat up the windshield wipers and keep them from sticking to the windshield.
Price and Availability of the Volkswagen Heated Windshield
There is just one downside to this otherwise-awesome news about the advanced heated windshield tech that Volkswagen is exploring: It’s currently not available in the United States. As with many new features, the heated, wire-free windshield is being offered as an option in European markets. If the feature is a success in the overseas market, there is a pretty solid chance that it will make its way to American models.
Just to give you an idea of what you could expect to pay if it does make its way to the other side of the pond, the heated windshield option is currently going for the equivalent of about $350. It may sound like a lot of money for a feature like this, but when you consider that you can save yourself a great deal of time and that you will never have to worry about having your ice scraper handy, it is definitely worth it.
Learn More About the VW Heated Windshield
If you are interested in learning more about whether or not the heated windshield will be making its way to the states, and to the models on the lot here at Karen Radley Volkswagen, we encourage you to check back on the Karen Radley VW blog, as we will be sure to provide you with an update as soon as we hear more about the availability of this feature. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the other posts on our blog, where you can learn more about the one-of-a-kind features that are already available.