The Germans claims this is a properly carbon-neutral vehicle – the new Volkswagen ID.4 is a slow-and-steady electric crossover built with the planet in mind…
Eleven billion euros have to go somewhere, and it may as well be more crossovers… You see, by 2025 Volkswagen plans to transform its range into an electrified line-up with 1.5 million annual EV sales. By the end of the decade Wolfsburg expects to produce 20-million zero-emissions cars. And although the ID sub-brand has already been introduced with the Golf-like VW ID.3 compact, all eyes are on this ID.4, because it’s the same thing, only more crossovery.
It’s no secret that SUVs are the most popular vehicle segment in China and the US, which is why VW has moved quickly into the electric crossover game, with the ID.4 going up against rivals such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the upcoming Nissan Ariya. Slightly bigger than the VW Tiguan, the ID.4 boasts of a low coefficient of drag of 0.24, which makes it slippery through the air and more efficient when it comes to zero emissions range. The car sits 21cm off the ground, and customers can have wheels up to 21-inch in size, while the total cargo capacity available is 1,575 litres which is slightly less than something like the Tiguan this time.
Volkswagen claims a driving range of up to 520km, thanks to a 77kWh battery and a single electric motor driving the rear axle. The VW ID.4 is worth just over 200 horsepower, enough to accelerate the crossover from rest to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds and top out at 160km/h.
All the flashy stuff includes LED matrix headlights and 3D LED taillights, and the interior is dominated by two large touchscreens that control pretty much everything – physical switchgear is at a minimum here. Optionally, customers can add the augmented reality head-up display which can project navigational arrows onto the road ahead.
Since the VW ID.4 is designed as a practical volume seller, owners will be able to quick-charge in 30 minutes for a range gain of around 320km. Considering the bigger picture, Volkswagen is also committed to manufacturing the ID.4 with a carbon-neutral balance. Normally when it comes to EVs, manufacturing an electric vehicle is 1.5 times dirtier than making a conventional fossil-fuelled car, and battery production is the dirtiest process in the chain accounting for around 40 percent of CO2 emissions. Volkswagen sources its batteries from a factory in Poland operating on green energy (and run by Korean giant LG Chem), while the rest of the car is built in Zwickau using hydropower, wind, and solar energy. The emissions that simply can’t be avoided during production are offset with VW’s projects in Indonesia where the company is sponsoring tropical forest restoration. So if you charge your ID.4 from sustainable sources this here is a proper zero-emissions vehicle.