Volkswagen's ID4 battery-powered compact crossover will hit Canadian dealerships in summer 2021 with an estimated 400-kilometre range from its 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
The long-awaited North American start to VW's US$50 billion-plus investment in electrification, the ID4 will go on sale first in California later this year and other zero-emission vehicle states in America. While it will carry a sticker price of US$41,190 —including shipping but excluding any federal and state incentives — in the United States, Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced.
Initially, the ID4 will be rear-wheel drive and powered by a 201-hp motor attached to the rear axle, delivering 228 pound-feet of torque. Later versions will introduce all-wheel drive by adding a motor to the front axle, boosting the crossover to 302 hp.
The ID4 will be able to accommodate up to 125-kilowatt fast charging, enabling the battery to be recharged to 80 per cent from five per cent in about 30 minutes, the automaker said. Owners and lessees in the United States will have three years of free charging available to them through Electrify America's network of charging stations.
A Canadian charging incentive isn’t finalized.
“Electrify America and Electrify Canada are two separate companies and we are still in discussions. We’ve got more time to work on this, as the first vehicles are still many months away,” Volkswagen Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff said in an email to Automotive News Canada. “The U.S. will have deliveries starting this year, so they had to have everything buttoned-up well before we did.”