By on September 23, 2020

Volkswagen ID.4. Image: Volkswagen

Users of one of the forums owned by our corporate siblings have spent part of the day complaining that when they attempt to reserve their own 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, the site crashes.

Whether a 404 error is due to a massive influx of traffic, a poorly-run site, or both, can be hard to tell. Still, it suggests the ID.4 is getting buzz one way or another.

Then again, I was able to log on to the site with no trouble a bit after I heard these reports, although I stopped before giving up any personal info. I don’t want a dealer hounding me (and wasting their time) about a car I don’t intend to buy.

We’ll keep an eye on this – if the issues continue, it could drive some potential ID.4 buyers away in frustration. Or maybe not – maybe they’ll be patient and wait for the site to run smoothly.

Click here if you’re curious about the anecdotal reports of the Volkswagen ID.4 reservation site crashing.

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14 Comments on “Reports Suggest ID.4 Reservation Web Site Crashing...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    It crashed on me earlier, but seems OK now.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I managed to reserve one, myself. They must have resolved whatever traffic/DNS issue they had.

  • avatar
    VJW

    And how are they generating the power for all those electric cars?
    And when? At night when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow.
    World wide 60% of EV’s would be coal powered. EV’s make sense with Fusion reactors on line but not until then.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      My EV adds 20% to my household electric consumption. Two of them driven equally would be 40%.

      EVs comprise maybe 1% of the US fleet on the roads today, and a but more than that in sales.

      It won’t be hard to scale electric production to meet the growth of the EV fleet because it will take many years to have any meaningful impact on the grid.

      As for coal powering: a) coal has been deemed the devil so it’s going away, and b) efficiencies of scale mean that even a coal-powered EV is cleaner and more efficient than an ICE.

  • avatar

    Fusion reactors will be up and running 10 years from now.

    • 0 avatar
      NeilM

      Bwahahahaha!

      Fusion is the power technology of the future — and always will be. It’s been just a decade or two away for how many decades now?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        Actually, they’re now saying five years for a plant in Provence France that they started construction on this summer. I think they’re saying it will produce 500MW from 50MW. I think I read somewhere that it’s been 35 years of work. Still, that’s just one pilot plant, but they are making slow and steady progress. They expect to switch it on in december of 2025 with full generation in 2030.

        For nuclear, Radiant just received a couple of patents for their microreactor design. The NRIC is going to be working with them to test it at the Idaho National Laboratory.

        For any of these new technologies to progress, we really need to increase education in material sciences. Battery electrode coating technology depends on it as does improving the containment magnets for the fusion reactor tokamak. Even the new single piece rear casting for the Model Y and 3 depending on the development of a new alloy.

        • 0 avatar
          Luke42

          Here’s EU’s fusion project website:
          https://www.iter.org/

          It’s serious Big Science, but it’s also a long slow project that may (or may not) work when it’s done.

          They’ve been working on it for decades.

          If it works, it the EU will change the world for the better!

    • 0 avatar

      I have Fusion in my garage right now.

    • 0 avatar

      I have Fusion in my garage right now.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        Creating fusion in your garage is actually pretty straightforward, at least as far as nuclear physics experiments go:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusor
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Fusor_examples

        The problem is getting more energy out of it than you put in — that’s hard, and that’s what the folks at ITER are trying to figure out.

        Oh, wait, you’re talking about a Ford Fusion? Those are worthwhile cars. They generally don’t fwing neutrons at people, which is a good thing in most circumstances.

  • avatar
    Polka King

    Some people are good with people. These people get to be managers and politicians. Some people know how stuff works. These are different people, and they don’t get to be managers and politicians.

  • avatar
    MKizzy

    Tesla and the OEMs will have to start producing millions of affordable EV’s by 2035 in the shapes and sizes required for the California/US market. Else, California’s ruling (and possibly a soon-to-come Federal rule under a Progressive Administration) will be an open door for one or more Chinese automakers to flood Cali with a variety of cheap EVs which the West Coast’s diverse and Progressive population would happily accept vs. we Middle Americans.

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