The ID.4 electric crossover isn’t simply the primary of Volkswagen’s devoted mass-production EVs to be accessible within the U.S., or the primary electrical SUV from VW. 

Though Volkswagen had given some early indications that the ID.3, which gained’t be supplied within the U.S., can be the quantity mannequin of the MEB lineup, a latest presentation and formatted interview from VW present that the ID.4 will play second fiddle to the ID.4. 

Volkswagen is aiming to provide a complete of 1.5 million electrified automobiles per yr by 2025, and it expects the ID.4 to account for round a 3rd of this whole—500,000 per yr globally by then, when the model may have native manufacturing of the ID.4 in Germany, in China, and within the U.S.

“The ID.4 will thus develop into the driving pressure behind our reorientation 100 thousand instances over,” mentioned Ralf Brandstätter, the CEO of the Volkswagen model. As the manager put it, the ID.4 marks “the e-offensive and the SUV-offensive of the Volkswagen model—each mixed in a single car.”

That coordinates with what Volkswagen of America gross sales and advertising chief Duncan Movassaghi advised Inexperienced Automotive Studies final month—that the ID.4 won’t be a rival for the Tesla Model Y a lot as for mainstream internal-combustion fashions just like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

Audi This fall Sportback e-tron idea

The ID.3 and ID.4 are simply the beginning, although. The Škoda EnyaQ, the Audi Q4 E-Tron, and Seat Cupra el-Born are all due subsequent yr and will likely be based mostly on the identical MEB platform. 

By the center of the last decade, the tempo of totally electrical mannequin introductions is slated to select up, and Volkswagen mentioned that it expects the whole Volkswagen Group to construct about 20 million MEB-based electrical automobiles by 2029.

U.S. manufacturing of the ID.4 and one different mannequin are resulting from begin in Chattanooga in 2022. That’s the time VW has hinted that the eagerly anticipated mannequin based mostly on the ID Buzz, a van-like mannequin with nods to the classic Microbus, is due.

VW ID.4 crossover

VW ID.4 crossover

It took Nissan practically 10 years to construct 500,000 Leaf electric cars. Tesla hit 500,000 Mannequin 3 sedans in lower than three years. On the charge at which EV adoption is anticipated to speed up, making 500,000 a yr by the ID.4’s fourth full yr of manufacturing sounds solely doable—if, that’s, the ID.4 is obtained nicely.

Examine again for lots extra on this vital electrical mannequin, resulting from be totally revealed on September 23.