We have driven more all-electric vehicles in the past three months than we have had in our lifetimes. What seemed like the distant future is now upon us. The last four-wheel wattage we evaluated was Volkswagen’s ID.4.
We have no idea what this means. But we can share some truths.
ID.4 was silent, but it was not silent. The sounds of the road combined with the sound of the wind provided that necessary auditory sense when driving. Trust us, absolute silence behind the wheel can be dangerous.
And we were surprised that electric vehicles operate like internal combustion cars. They are fast, stable on the road and have the same equipment; Volkswagen ID.4 included.
Our tester was quiet when we started it up, the gear selector was on the column, as well as the push button start. But it was a little different. It was such a quick loan, two days, that we didn’t have time to review the material point by point.
Volkswagen sells the ID.4 as a sport utility vehicle. He was compact, low to the ground, and brave. Our test vehicle had a fixed panoramic roof. Two digital screens inside gave it a clean and uncluttered interior. The point is, while the electric looks exotic, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 performed like a gasoline crossover.
The electric motor was located at the rear above the axle. Synthetic sound is generated at up to 20 mph to inform pedestrians and cyclists of the presence of the ID. 4.
The electric ID.4 developed 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Our test vehicle was rear-wheel drive; Volkswagen is promising an all-wheel drive version in a few months.
Volkswagen said the electric drive unit weighs only about two hundred pounds, including the engine, gearbox, and power and control electronics for the electric drive, and fits in a bag sport. There are only two forward and reverse gears.
Our Volkswagen ID.4 had a range of 250 miles, although our test vehicle had a range of 230 miles when we first entered it. Hey, they must have driven him here. It had an EPA estimated fuel economy of 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.
The 1,087 lb battery is placed in the underbody between the axles. This created a low, well-balanced center of gravity. While we were driving the car there was no sway in the corners and no nose down or nose lift during braking and acceleration. But in full disclosure, we chose to drive the ID.4 smoothly.
Volkswagen said its ID.4 can save up to $ 3,500 per year in fuel costs.
The battery needs to be cooled and Volkswagen has developed a system that houses the ID.4’s power pack at a reasonable temperature of 77 degrees and will retain at least 70% of its capacity for eight years or 100,000 miles, depending on the first possibility.
This paste can be charged with direct current or alternating current. All models will be equipped with combined charging systems for home and public charging.
Prices start at $ 39,995 for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, which is on sale now. VW is also offering three years of (direct) fast charging with Electrify America. Get a home charger and you can relieve range anxiety.
Frank S. Washington is Editor-in-Chief of AboutThatCar.com