WOLFSBURG, Germany – VW’s new ID.4, the brand’s first pure-electric compact sport utility vehicle, is claiming to be not only ”climate-neutral” but also capable, depending on load and terrain, of covering 500km between charges, depending on the package ordered.
It also claims compact dimensions, spacious interior, sporty character, intuitive operation and full connectivity.
The ID.4 will be launched in Europe later this year (2020) to join the already launched ID.3. The name is an abbreviation for ”intelligent design” and the number 4 identifies it as another representative of the compact SUV segment. The model will be sold in Europe, China, and North America.
The SUV is short up front but the wheelbase long, VW says, to create cabin space. It has rear-wheel driver though a 4×4 version is on the drawing-board. Off-road stability will be greater thanks to the power packs being stored beneath the floor
The driver will have almost all control through touch functions or voice commands.
The ID.4 will be assembled at VW’s Zwickau plant and the automaker claims production will be carbon-neutral along the entire value chain but VW will offer the modular electric drive matrix to other automakers and as many as 36 000 wall or other charges will, VW says, be availble across Europe.
VW has also taken crucial steps towards developing, testing and producing battery cells. Plans are under way to develop a factory with a capacity of 16 gigawatt hours from the beginning of 2021.
Production is scheduled to start in early 2024 in partnership with Swedish company Northvolt