By on August 21, 2020


The ID.4 isn’t the first all-electric Volkswagen to reach consumers in the United States. That distinction goes to the e-Golf, but that model’s all washed up after 2020. A new family of emission-free VWs await global buyers, with European customers poised to take delivery of the first of the bunch: the ID.3 hatchback.

Overseas orders for that MEB-platform car began in June, with the first deliveries scheduled for September.

For U.S. customers — a crop of buyers used to larger, more capable vehicles — the ID line starts at the number 4. And that vehicle just started production in Germany.

Series production of the Volkswagen ID.4 began at company’s Zwickau assembly plant on Thursday, the automaker announced. A fully electric crossover (SUV? Where does a crossover end and an SUV begin in the electric world?), the ID.4 saw its digital debut earlier this year.

Like other models set to follow, the ID.4’s modern underpinnings spell a spacious cabin and significant driving range. And with electric motors, all-wheel drive is easy. Estimates peg the leggiest ID.4 at 310 miles of driving radius on the optimistic European test cycle; EPA figures will likely land in the high 200-mile range.

Hailing the start of production, Thomas Ulbrich, VW board member in charge of e-mobility, said, “It will also be a genuine world car, which we will produce and sell not only in Europe, but also in China and the USA.”

Initial examples will arrive from Germany, with production commencing in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2022. Expected to arrive on these shores either late this year or early next, the ID.4’s price is still the subject of speculation.

[Image: Volkswagen]

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12 Comments on “First of Many: Volkswagen EV Bound for U.S. Starts Production...”

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Another optimistic prediction from Volkswagen. We’ll see. If this vehicle flops in the U.S., I suspect other automakers will be chastened when it comes to EVs. All I can tell you is that I personally have no interest in the ID.4. But that’s just me.

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    SCE to AUX

    Q: “SUV? Where does a crossover end and an SUV begin in the electric world?”

    A: The same place as it does in the ICE world, which is hotly debated.

    Why is this even a question?

  • avatar

    I live in the upper level of a 2 story condo. How am I supposed to charge an EV like this? Not practical for a vast majority. Betting the farm will prove fatal to some companies who do.

    • 0 avatar

      According to NMHC, 45 million renters live in a single family home.

      I can’t seem to find any other official data. But I would estimate at least 50% of the US population lives in a single family home. That leaves around 165,000,000 people. I’m betting a few of them have the ability to charge an EV at home.

      And many people are getting by just fine driving a Tesla and living in an Apartment. They plug in at a Supercharger and do their shopping at the grocery/retail store, workout at the gym, etc. 40 minutes is an 80% charge.

      • 0 avatar

        These sorts of issues tend to get worked out over time [compare with the picture SCE to AUX posted below]:

        (We are still in the early innings.)

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Seriously, though, apartment dwellers really can’t easily own EVs with today’s infrastructure. Even with street charging, securing/protecting the cable from vandalism seems like a challenge, *if* you can get a space that has a charger. Driving to a charging station for a 20-minute fill is also untenable.

      On the other hand, I think the EV companies aren’t particularly worried about selling you a car; they still have a lot of market to tap.

      • 0 avatar

        Gotta disagree with you. I live in a suburb of Vancouver that is becoming dense condos quickly. I’m going to take an educated guess that about 1/4 of electric card owners (and there’s a lot here — in a 5km drive this morning I counted about 18 other EVs on the road) live in condos. I definitely see them street parked outside of apartments over night. As far as I can tell, most people opportunistically plug into fast chargers when they can and it seems to be enough.

        Fast charger infrastructure is also plentiful here — every mall and big box store has them. Libraries, city halls, pools, etc all have them. All new builds are required (single family homes and condos) as well.

        A 20 minute fill isn’t so bad when wherever you’re going is a fill station.

    • 0 avatar

      “I live in the upper level of a 2 story condo. How am I supposed to charge an EV like this? ”

      Those who live in apartment can always ride in public transportation. Millions of Russians managed to live whole live without having license and owning car for decades of Communist regime. How did they do that? The public transportation.

    • 0 avatar

      No garage or parking lot at your property, eh? Because power lines are literally everywhere. Having to deal with an HOA before you can deal with an electrician does suck, though.

      I live on the second floor of a condo too. I charge in my spot in the multi-unit garage.

  • avatar

    Swap the taillights, grille, headlights, and presto – the Mustang Mach-E!

  • avatar

    “SUV? Where does a crossover end and an SUV begin in the electric world?”
    I know it when I see it-
    Justice Potter Stewart

  • avatar

    I wonder how they’re actually going to price this thing. Post-incentive pricing on EVs seems to vary pretty wildly over time.

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