First of Many: Volkswagen EV Bound for U.S. Starts Production


The ID.4 isn’t the first all-electric Volkswagen to reach consumers in the United States. That distinction goes to the e-Golf, but that model’s all washed up after 2020. A new family of emission-free VWs await global buyers, with European customers poised to take delivery of the first of the bunch: the ID.3 hatchback.

Overseas orders for that MEB-platform car began in June, with the first deliveries scheduled for September.

For U.S. customers — a crop of buyers used to larger, more capable vehicles — the ID line starts at the number 4. And that vehicle just started production in Germany.

Series production of the Volkswagen ID.4 began at company’s Zwickau assembly plant on Thursday, the automaker announced. A fully electric crossover (SUV? Where does a crossover end and an SUV begin in the electric world?), the ID.4 saw its digital debut earlier this year.

Like other models set to follow, the ID.4’s modern underpinnings spell a spacious cabin and significant driving range. And with electric motors, all-wheel drive is easy. Estimates peg the leggiest ID.4 at 310 miles of driving radius on the optimistic European test cycle; EPA figures will likely land in the high 200-mile range.

Hailing the start of production, Thomas Ulbrich, VW board member in charge of e-mobility, said, “It will also be a genuine world car, which we will produce and sell not only in Europe, but also in China and the USA.”

Initial examples will arrive from Germany, with production commencing in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2022. Expected to arrive on these shores either late this year or early next, the ID.4’s price is still the subject of speculation.

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