Volkswagen All-Electric ID.4 SUV

The electric VW ID 4 crossover

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 Has Now Announced Its Second All-Electric Vehicle, The ID.4!

Update: 21st August 2020:

Series production of the all-electric VW ID.4 commenced this week at the company’s factory in Zwickau (Germany). 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 world premier of the SUV battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is scheduled for September 2020. The ID.4 is the second electric vehicle to use the MEB platform.

We 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 electric VW ID 4 crossover
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV (credit: VW)
  • The Volkswagen pre-production camouflaged pure electric ID.4 is a compact family-friendly SUV.  The aerodynamically designed electric crossover is expected to have an emission-free electric range of 310 miles on a full charge.  
  • The near-production version was expected to be displayed at the recently cancelled Geneva Motor Show.  However, the company presented its latest updated via an online presentation. 
  • The all-electric SUV will be manufactured and launched in Europe, the US and China, in 2020.  VW has not given any clarity on dates for the launch of the pure electric SUV or pricing, but we expect it to be late 2020.  It will be the first battery-electric crossover vehicle from Volkswagen.
  • The EV is potentially expected to be available in different battery capacities, however, the automotive company has not given any further information.  The ID.4 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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.
The All Electric Volkswagen ID.Crozz
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.Crozz (credit: VW)
  • 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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