2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Named to Popular Mechanics’ 2021 Automotive Excellence Awards
Slowly but surely the all-new Volkswagen ID.4 is proving its automotive chops are no joke. The latest recognition for the model comes thanks to Popular Mechanics as the publication named the ID.4 to its 2021 Automotive Excellence Awards. Editors of the publication put the all-new EV to the test and praised it for its streamlined dash, spacious interior, easy-to-drive nature, and overall approachable feel that’ll make it appealing to first-time EV drivers and buyers alike.
“We are incredibly honored to be named in the Automotive Excellence Awards. Volkswagen is committed to bringing e-mobility to the masses, just as our beloved Beetle once brought innovative and engaging mobility to the masses. We designed the ID.4 to offer everything that a traditional compact SUV does, with the added benefit of all-electric driving, so that customers don’t have to choose between the functionality they need and zero-tailpipe emission driving,” said Matthew Renna, Vice President of E-Mobility and Innovation, Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Building the All-New ID.4
The all-new Volkswagen ID.4 was built on Volkswagen’s MEB electric vehicle architecture and competes in the compact SUV segment, currently the world’s largest market segment. At launch in the U.S. market, the 2021 ID.4 is powered by an 82kWh battery paired with a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor, generating 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen will launch an ID.4 with a second motor later this year (2021), focused on more performance and all-wheel-drive.
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes in four different trims, with the entry-level Pro trim so equipped that it includes features typically found on higher-tier, more valuable trims. Pricing for the 2021 ID.4 starts at $39,995 (plus destination fee), while the ID.4 AWD coming later this year starts at $43,675 (plus destination fee). Both of these MSRPs are before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. ID.4 Pro rear-wheel-drive models offer an EPA-estimated 260 miles of range, while the rest of the lineup has an EPA-estimated 250 miles of range.
Charging the Volkswagen ID.4
Charging for all EVs depends on how much power a particular charger can provide and how quickly the vehicle can accept the charge. Traditionally there are three levels of charging power:
Level 1 charging is charging via a standard 120-volt plug. The majority of EVs can get between 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging.
Level 2 charging is the most common form of charging, often runs on 240-volt circuits and charges between 12 and 25 miles per hour. This system is often implemented with the fast chargers automakers sell for at-home installation. About 90 percent of all vehicle charging takes place at home.
Level 3 is commonly referred to as DC fast charging and is typically found at public charging stations. DC fast charging requires special equipment with heavy-duty cables and inverters. A Level 3 charger can recharge an EV battery up to 80 percent in about 30-40 minutes.
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