Volkswagen All-Electric ID.4 SUV

The electric VW ID 4 SUV

Volkswagen Foray Into The World Of Zero-Emission Electric Vehicles Could Not Have Commenced Better, Given The Sell-Out Of Its All-Electric ID.3 Car.  The German Group Is Now Pushing Its Second All-Electric Vehicle, The ID.4 Compact SUV. Its Most Important EV For The Mass-Market!


The Volkswagen all-electric ID.4 compact SUV is expected to be a game changer for many key electric driving international markets. As an example, in the United States, though the Tesla Model 3 electric car and the all-electric Nissan Leaf EV have been very successful, the Volkswagen ID.4 green SUV meets a customer need that is yet to be served.

The Nissan Leaf pure electric car is simply small compared to the requirements of an average US family, and the Tesla electric cars, less affordable for the average US household. The Volkswagen electric ID. Family ID.4 is potentially the right size at an attractive price for mass-scale mainstream adoption! Volkswagen was expected to launch the ID.4 EV in the US in December 2020, but has now postponed to March 2021. The reason: the German company is focussing on European deliveries!

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (credit: VW)

Back to ‘size’ and ‘cost’: though in the UK we are not as demanding on ‘size’, we expect size to be an important selling point for families. Of course, an attractive price is key in achieving mass-scale adoption of the electric vehicle model.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV Production (credit: VW)

Series production of the all-electric VW ID.4 commenced in August 2020 at the company’s factory in Zwickau (Germany). The ID.3 VW hatchback electric car is also being manufactured at this location. The all-electric ID.4 SUV will also be manufactured in the US (2022) and China. According to Thomas Ulbrich, a Volkswagen board member, “Given the major societal challenges of recent months, the successful start of ID.4 series production is an exception achievement.” The ID.4 is the second electric vehicle to use the MEB platform.

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (credit: VW)

We at e-zoomed have said this before and will say it again.  It is remarkable to witness the turnaround in the reputation of the German automotive behemoth within a few years, from the Dieselgate or Emissiongate  scandal, that rocked the company and the broader automotive sector in 2015.  

The Group is fast becoming a credible leader in the global migration to emission-free road transportation, with the launch of its all-electric family of vehicles, named the VW ID.Family.  The Group is predicted to become the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer by 2028. VW has committed to an investment up to EUR 30 billion by 2023 to execute the company’s electrification strategy.  VW aims to sell up to 3 million electric vehicles by 2025.   

The Wolfsburg headquartered multinational group also owns the famed luxury automotive company, Porsche AG, that has Bill Gates as a customer for its first BEV, the all-electric Porsche Taycan.  

The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (credit: VW)
  • The Volkswagen family-friendly electric SUV will be available in two EV battery sizes: 52 kWh (Pure) and 77 kWh (Pro). Initially only the 77 kW EV battery option will be available in the launch model (ID.4 1st Edition and 1st Edition Max) . The 77 kWh battery is expected to achieve an emission-free electric range of 310 miles (WLTP) on a full charge (the 52 kWh EV variant is expected to have a range of 224 miles).  Performance: 210 bhp, 229 lb ft, 8.5 sec 0-62 mph.
  • The pure electric SUV can be charged at home via a dedicated home charging station like EVBox. As most homes in the UK are single phase, maximum charging will be up to 7.4 kW. The ID.4 1st EV is capable of rapid charging (125 kW) at public electric car charging points (add up to 199 electric miles in just 30 minutes).
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  • For those families with outdoor activities, the ID.4 fits well. The green SUV has an optional towing bracket designed for loads up to 750 kg (unbraked) or 1,000 kg (braked).
  • The ID.4 features ‘panoramic views’ with a glass panel stretching the entire width of the roof. Features in the ID.4 1st will also include a reversing camera, 20″ Drammen alloy wheels, navigation system and radio. The electric SUV will compete head-on with the all-electric Hyundai Kona and the all-electric Kia e-Niro.
  • The ID.4 continues to retain a strong resemblance to the ID.Crozz concept vehicle, on which it is based.  The VW ID.4 is also based on the VW modular electric vehicle MEB platform.  The MEB platform will underpin 27 electric vehicles by end 2022.  The all-electric ID.3 also uses the MEB architecture. 
The All Electric Volkswagen ID.Crozz
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.Crozz (credit: VW)
  • The ID. Crozz is an all-electric crossover based on the VW MEB platform and part of the VW ID. Family of electric vehicles.  The electric vehicle combines the strength of an SUV with the elegance of a coupe.
  • Initially, the VW ID.4 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) will only be available in a rear-wheel drive variant, with an all-wheel drive model to follow.  Deliveries for the right-hand-drive VW ID.4 for the UK market are expected in early 2021. Price expected to begin from £45,800. The 1st Edition EV will be eligible for the UK plug-in car grant (PiCG) of £3,000. However, the 1st Edition Max will not be eligible as it is over the £50,000 PiCG threshold. The 52kW ID.4 is expected to be priced around £35,000 and is expected to be available later in 2021.
  • The ID. Crozz prototype was unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show (April).  The ID. Crozz II was shown at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show (September).

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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