Electric Cars

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric car

On Thursday, Volkswagen confirmed that it has started series production of the ID.4 electric crossover—the model bound for first U.S. deliveries by the end of the year.

The ID.4 kicks off a new generation of affordable electric vehicles from VW, propelled to some degree by the diesel scandal.

In a somewhat unusual cadence—perhaps the result of such an unusual year—Volkswagen hasn’t yet shown the production ID.4 or revealed its specs (only these odd pictures revealed earlier this year aiming to camouflage final trim and detail choices). It’s also been relatively mum regarding performance targets like range. And without anything to go by—including a price tag—there’s been none of the scramble to get hand-raisers and advance deposits that we’ve seen from other EV makers.

That’s expected to change on September 23, with a reveal of the car—at a yet-unannounced, mostly virtual venue.

However we can already piece together quite a lot about the ID.4 from what VW has revealed in the past.

Initial ID.4 models for America will come from VW’s plant in Zwickau, Germany, but local U.S. production of the ID.4 will start in 2022 at an expansion of VW’s facility in Chattanooga. The ID.4 is intended for more than the U.S. and Europe. VW says that it will eventually be built and sold in China. 

Volkswagen will likely be very competitive with the pricing of this model, which in some ways replaces the e-Golf in the lineup, but is taking shape as a more family-friendly vehicle. Ahead of the introduction, the company has been using the phrase “electric vehicles for millions, not millionaires.” 

VW has said that generally its EVs would be priced in a way that’s comparable to how it priced its TDI diesel models, which had been typically 15% to 25% higher than equivalent gasoline models. Last September, Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh tipped Green Car Reports that it’s seeking to price its electric vehicles roughly equivalent to gasoline models—likely after including the $7,500 federal EV tax credit for which owners of these vehicles might qualify. Read More

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