The Volkswagen ID.4 – An Electric Vehicle for the People
Month after month, we’re seeing countless automobile companies’ first electric vehicle model premier and set to release. As the culture surrounding environmental policy and climate change is ramping up, organizations adapt and reveal their cards. The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first EV. It’s a first significant step in their efforts towards a sustainable platform that aligns with the plan put forth in 2016 for automobile companies in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Volkswagen, in German translating to “a people car,” has filled a void they believe exists in the electric vehicle market: a practical, spacious, reasonably priced electric vehicle attainable by average consumers, not just those with deep pockets.
The SUV Build
Volkswagen’s exclusive MEB platform offers a longer wheelbase for agile handling, and, without the standard gas engine, the ID.4 provides ample legroom for the driver and up to four passengers. With the rear seats folded down, the 5-foot cargo area has plenty of room for a weekend getaway.
The exterior gives no hint the car is electric. With dashes of VW style and the black roof racks, optional panoramic sunroof, and towing capacity, this SUV is for everyone, not just Volkswagen enthusiasts.
The dashboard consists of a 5.3-inch driver display and a 10-inch center display that will blink when you sit in the driver’s seat with the key fob, signaling your ID.4 is ready to drive. The ID.Light is a light bar running the dash’s length that glows in response to various alerts.
The semi-autonomous driving feature, IQ.Drive, helps drivers monitor blind spots and lets you know if another driver is getting too close for comfort. An App-Connect and wireless charging dock occupy the center console with four other USB ports, two in the front, two in the back.
ID.4s Electric Motor
Powered by a high voltage lithium-ion battery with a single motor powertrain, the ID.4 can achieve 201 maximum horsepower and 228lb.-ft of instant torque. It has an estimated 250-mile range. ID.4 is a rear-wheel drive with the option of upgrading to the ID.4 Pro AWD dual-motor powertrain package.
The Battery Details
Volkswagen claims the 82kWh battery pack will last a 250-mile trip, and at DC fast-charging stations, ten minutes of charge will get you 60 miles closer to home. Onboard is an AC 110- or 240-volt connection and a DC fast charging option.
The People’s Car
First edition ID.4 reservations are sold out, but the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro starts at $39,995, a starting price that is competitive with fuel-powered vehicles of the same caliber. Fortunately, electric vehicle owners are eligible for a potential $7,500 federal tax credit. Volkswagen has a bad rep for expensive maintenance costs, but generally, electric cars shouldn’t need as much maintenance with the lack of oil changes and fewer moving parts.
The ID.4 serves a purpose. It’s an SUV that is a pleasure to drive, with ample room and modern technology within a graspable price range for those who have found other electric cars to be out of reach. Reserve and build your Volkswagen ID.4 today for a new ride in mid-2021.