VW Debuts 2021 ID.4 Electric SUV

By Paul Riegler on 24 September 2020
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Entrance to VW’s plant in Chattanooga

Volkswagen launched and began production of the ID.4 compact SUV, the automaker said Thursday.

The ID.4 is the second model in the beleaguered automaker’s planned family of electric vehicles that will make up the majority of its lineup across the globe. The new SUV is built on VW’s modular MEB platform that is being shared with Ford as part of a global collaboration agreement.

The ID.4 is taller, somewhat more muscular crossover SUV that will appeal more to current American taste in vehicles than the companion ID.3 hatchback introduced in 2019.

VW plans to build 1.5 million EVs by 2025 and plans to spend $40 billion by 2024 to ramp up production in China, Europe, and the United States.  U.S. production of the ID.4 will begin in Chattanooga, near VW’s existing factory that makes the Passat sedan.

Volkswagen spent $1.4 billion to convert its plant in Zwickau, where initial production has begun, for the ID.4.

Purchasers of the ID.4 in the United States will get three years of complimentary charging from the Electrify America EV charging network that was set up as part of the VW Dieselgate settlement.

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