Volkswagen’s electric future, at least in North America, starts with this, the ID.4. First previewed by the I.D. Crozz Concept, the new Volkswagen ID.4 will bring all-electric motoring to the mainstream.

New for 2021: The whole thing. The ID.4 is a completely new model for this year, built off a dedicated platform built from the ground up for electrification.

Volkswagen designed the ID.4 in today’s popular crossover SUV body style with sufficient range and fast recharging so that the ID.4 can be your only car. Volkswagen hopes the ID.4 will be the car that encourages people to own an electric car for the first time.

The ID.4 will be available from early 2021, and starts from $39,995 before destination and federal and state tax incentives. Later in the year, a more powerful version will arrive priced from around $43,000.

Volkswagen ID.4 Powertrain, Range, Charging, and Battery Life

Volkswagen is kicking off the ID.4 range with a rear-drive, single-motor model first. An 82-kWh battery powers the introductory models, here resulting in 201 hp and 228 lb-ft. VW is aiming for a 250-mile range on a single charge.

A more powerful, all-wheel drive version of the ID.4 will touch down later in 2021, bumping power up to 302 hp. No word yet on range for that one, though.

All ID.4 models include DC fast charging capability which will allows owners to recharge the vehicle at stations operated by Electrify America and Electrify Canada. The ID.4 will use the CCS fast charging standard used by the majority of non-Tesla EVs.

Volkswagen is expected to offer an eight-year / 100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack.

Volkswagen ID.4 Features and Pricing

Volkswagen is keeping the lineup simple with the ID.4. The “base” model is the ID.4 Pro, priced from $39,995 before destination and incentives.

A higher-spec 1st Edition is also part of the welcoming party. It essentially packs in the optional Statement and Gradient packages bundled in at a discounted $43,995. Expect three trim levels:

Later in the year, the AWD dual-motor ID.4 will arrive. Before options and packages, it will start from $43,695.

After the $7500 US federal tax credit, an entry-level ID.4 will likely be available for low $30,000s. Available state incentives—particularly generous in some states—will lower the price further.

Volkswagen ID.4 Ordering

For the first time, Volkswagen will accept orders online, as well as through dealers, via a reservation website. Customers will be able to reserve an ID.4 with only a $100 fully-refundable deposit. Customers will later be asked to deposit an additional $400 to finalize configuration details.

Volkswagen’s online reservation platform will communicate updates to customers about their vehicle throughout the production and delivery process.

Volkswagen ID.4 Release Date

Volkswagen will offer a limited quantity of the ID.4 in North America for delivery by December 2020 to the first group of online reservation holders. Those without a reservation will be able to buy an ID.4 as supply becomes available throughout 2021.

Global demand for the ID.4 is expected to be strong and quantities will be scarce until Volkswagen begins operating a second factory for the ID.4 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first two model years of Volkswagen ID.4 will be built at Volkswagen’s factory in Zwickau, Germany.

The good news is that Volkswagen expects a further price reduction for North American ID.4s once it’s built in Tennessee.


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ŠKODA ENYAQ iV: A Volkswagen ID.4 for Europe

Volkswagen has already debuted a version of the ID.4 that will be sold only in European markets under the Czech ŠKODA brand. For more details about the Volkswagen ID.4’s Czech sibling, watch the official debut video below.

Detailed Specs

Price Range (USD) / $39,995 – $50,000
Battery Size / 82 kWh
Horsepower (hp) / 201 / 302
Torque (lb-ft) / 228 / 330 (est)
Range / 250 miles (est)
Powertrain / RWD / AWD