Volkswagen is aiming for 75% of all vehicles it produces by 2029 to be purely electric, like the 2021 VW ID.4 coming to Canada mid-2021. Here’s what we know about VW’s electric crossover.
Volkswagen is hoping to become as well known for pure electric vehicles as it is/was for diesel engines. The company has committed to offer battery electric vehicles across all model categories and brands by 2022.
VW aims for more than 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025, 28 million by 2028 and for 75 per cent of all vehicles it produces by 2029 to be purely electric. Internally, the goal is “electric cars for millions, not just for millionaires.”
Pierre Boutin, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada, said Volkswagen will invest more than $55 billion on electrification by 2024.
“This marks a significant transformation of our company from a manufacturer of internal combustion-driven vehicles to being the leader in electrification,” he said during the virtual launch of the ID.4, the first of a new range of electric VW vehicles to come to Canada.
The first ID (Intelligent Design) appeared in Europe last year as the ID.3, a compact hatchback.
The ID.4 coming to Canada mid-2021 is a compact crossover, roughly the same size as the Tiguan.
Boutin says it is only logical to launch VW’s first all-electric vehicle as a crossover, since compact sport utility vehicles make up the largest single portion of the Canadian market.
The ID.4 is based on the same modular MEB architecture as the ID.3, thousands of which have already been delivered in Europe. This same platform will form the basis for a full range of EVs VW will bring to market.
The ID.4 will be built in Germany until 2022 when VW’s giant plant in Tennessee will start production utilizing batteries produced in Georgia.
The ID.4 will be available here in rear and all-wheel-drive variants.
Standard features will include 19-in alloy wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation parking sensors, wireless phone charging and a suite of driver assistance features. A ‘Statement’ package will add 12-way power leatherette seats with massage and memory, a panoramic fixed glass roof, power tailgate, 20-in alloy wheels and premium lighting features.
Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
VW says charging the ID.4 battery to 80% will take less than 40 minutes at Electrify Canada fast-charging stations now in place coast-to-coast
The battery pack, consisting of 288 cells in 12 modules, will be placed low between the front and rear axles. This ensures not only a low centre of gravity, but perfect front/rear weight distribution.
With no bulky engine up front, the front wheels can be turned to a greater degree, allowing a shorter turning circle.
The rear-drive ID.4 will employ a single 201-horsepower electric motor. Acceleration time for this model from rest to 60 miles per hour (96 km) is 7.8 seconds. The all-wheel-drive version will have a second motor for a total of 302 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds.
The 2021 ID.4 will be able to travel more than 400 kilometres on a single charge with only a slight difference in range between rear and all-wheel-drive configurations.
According to Volkswagen says the ID.4 battery pack will be able to be recharged from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes at any of the Electrify Canada fast-charging stations in place from coast to coast. There will be no charge for this service for at least two years.
Canadian version of ID.4 will add a heated windshield and steering wheel. Thank you, VW!
The ID.4 will initially be available in Quebec, Ontario and BC. Because of rebates and other incentives, 97 per cent of all electric vehicles in Canada are sold in those three provinces.
As the American plant comes on stream in 2022, there will be sufficient availability to provide other provinces and markets.
The ID.4 will be suited to this market, the VW Canada product planning team assures. Virtually every feature will be identical with models sold in the U.S. But Canadian ID.4s will utilize an auxiliary heat pump to pre-heat the interior and provide supplementary cabin heat. This will reduce the drain on the main battery pack.
The ID.4 will also boast a heated windshield, heated front seats and steering wheel.
The ID.4 has been planned as a no-compromise electric vehicle from the outset. Despite its compact exterior dimensions, it offers 858 litres of cargo space behind the second row and 1,818 with it folded down.
Sales of the ID.4 have begun south of the border. It will arrive at Autoport in Dartmouth in time for sales to begun mid-year as a 2021 model.