Ralf Brandstätter in conversation next to an VW ID.4

Start of production of the ID.4: the next-generation SUV

Start of production of the ID.4: the next-generation SUV

Versatile, dynamic and fully electric: just before its global launch, the ID.4 is the first SUV in the ID. family to start series production. Volkswagen is electrifying what is currently one of the most popular classes of vehicle with its sporty all-terrain vehicle, at the same time demonstrating that the electric campaign has only just begun.

SUV – developed from scratch

Driving an SUV and, at the same time, having an awareness of sustainability? You don’t need to make any compromises with an ID.4. It combines the versatility of a modern SUV with the sustainable performance of an electric vehicle – together with the ID.3, literally getting the era of electric mobility at Volkswagen out on the road. Both models are based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB), a standardised vehicle platform, specifically designed for electric vehicles. With more space, comfort and range, it delivers the perfect basis for all classes – from city cars to MPVs. This also makes its production considerably more efficient.

The ID.4 shows that Volkswagen is extending its range with a fully electric vehicle in the world’s largest growth segment, the compact SUV class.
Ralf Brandstätter
CEO of the Volkswagen brand

A benchmark in sustainability

The company’s Zwickau production plant has been converted to electric mobility at a cost of €1.2 billion to ensure that the ID.4 is built efficiently, whilst also conserving resources. 300,000 electric vehicles based on the modular electric drive matrix are set to roll off the conveyor belt here in 2021. The preparations for the start of production of the electric SUV are already in full swing. The unique feature of the vehicle: just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also be delivered from the outset with a CO2-neutral footprint*, Even the energy-intensive battery cells will be produced using 100 percent green electricity. 

*CO2 emissions are avoided and reduced directly at Volkswagen – wherever possible. Up-stream suppliers are correspondingly obliged to avoid and reduce emissions. The same amount of CO2 emissions that cannot be avoided and reduced at Volkswagen and by corresponding obligations along the supply chain are offset by certified climate protection projects.

Full speed ahead

The electric-SUV is set to be launched initially with a rear-wheel drive. An electric four-wheel drive vehicle will follow at a later stage. Its optimised aerodynamics and scalable battery system in the underbody also deliver dynamic driving enjoyment with a range of up to 522 kilometres in line with the WLTP*. Thanks to its compact electric modular construction, the interior of the ID.4 provides unprecedented space, and relies on modern comfort with a digital cockpit and intelligent voice control. As the youngest member of the ID. family, it is the first fully electric SUV but is one thing above all: a major step on the path towards Volkswagen’s CO2-neutral future.

*According to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), the specification variant of the ID.4 Pro Performance most favourable in terms of range, with 77 kWh net battery energy content and rear-wheel drive (power consumption in kWh/100 km: 16.9–16.2 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+) with the range determined on the rolling road test bed. The actual WLTP range values can deviate depending on the equipment fitted. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies according to the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, ambient temperature, number of passengers/load, and topography.