VW Digitally Launches its First Global BEV

Volkswagen has digitally launched its latest and first global BEV, the ID.4 which will be hoping to target the popular SUV market.

Boasting a healthy to 77 kWh battery pack, it claims a maximum range of and enables ranges of up to 323miles on the WLTP rating. Its electric drive motor, positioned at the rear axle, generates a claimed 200bhp, enough to claim the 0-62mph sprint time of 8.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 99mph.

In line with the automaker’s ID. electric range, the car launches with its We Charge charging package offering charging solutions at home, out and about or on a long journey. The ID.4 can be recharged with direct current to cover the next 200 miles at a DC quick-charging station in around 30 minutes.

In a bid to compete in a crowded SUV market, the car boasts sizeable dimensions measuring 15-feet long using Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) architecture. The automaker claims the interior room available is at the level of larger segment conventional SUVs. Depending on the rear seat backrest’s position, the luggage compartment boasts a capacity from 543 to 1,575-liter. The equipment range of the ID.4 includes an electrically driven boot lid, roof railing and a towing bracket.

Interior buttons and switches make way for two digital touchscreen displays controlling the car’s functions as well as “Hello ID.” natural voice control. An augmented reality head-up display is optionally available to blend a host of displays with reality – for instance, navigation arrows telling drivers to turn off are projected onto the road surface in the right lane. Software and hardware in the ID.4 have been designed to make it possible for customers to download updates to the car after the purchase.

Ralf Brandstätter, chief executive officer of Volkswagen, said: “The ID.4 is an emotional all-rounder which will impress many customers with its efficient electric drive, generous amount of space, modern assist systems and powerful design. As the first global electric car, this model will roll out our modular electric drive matrix platform that has been developed specifically for electric mobility the world over. Volkswagen is thus once again demonstrating its leading role in innovation, technology and quality on the high-volume market.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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