Manufacturing Volkswagen ID.4 is official in progress at Volkswagen Chattanooga in Tennessee, and the start of VW Electric vehicle production in the US comes with other notable news: Volkswagen is hiring 1,000 new employees in Tennessee, and VW ID.4 can be discounted, thanks to the smaller battery.
This “budget” version of the Volkswagen ID.4 will still be a flagship EV. The only possible difference is the lower battery capacity, down from the ID.4 .’s current 82 New kWh battery pack to 62 kWh battery pack. A decrease in battery capacity may corresponds to a discount; Automotive News cites VW’s Scott Keogh, who says the cheaper ID.4 could be priced in the range of $35,000 – about $6,000 less than the current ID.4’s price.
Of course, that means the budget EV from Volkswagen will get fewer miles per charge. A is less than 62 A kWh battery can deliver about 75 percent of the range of a larger battery. The current Volkswagen ID.4 can go up to 275 miles per charge, so the budget ID.4 can have a range of around 206 miles. And that’s no excuse for the EV SUV’s lower weight, from its smaller (lighter) battery.
There will also be powertrain differences, as the current ID.4 will come with rear- or all-wheel drive. The cheaper ID.4 will only come with rear-wheel drive as an option. But it will still be an EV SUV made in the US
As we noted earlier, Volkswagen ID.4 starts at $41,230, before adoption federal tax incentives. The EV offer could reduce the price of the 2022 Volkswagen ID 4 to $33,730. Discounted grants are up to $7,500, excluding state incentives. But the US federal tax credit period after Volkswagen sold 200,000 ID.4 EVs in the country; VW has sold 190,000 ID.4 models globally.
Now that the ID.4 is being manufactured in the US – one more point in favor of US buyers interested in domestic origin – sales could exceed 200,000 units earlier than expected.
It looks like VW is trying to solve the problem with the cheaper ID.4, which goes into production this year, in 2022. It may even come in time for the tax credits to drop the price down to $27,500. la – as long as VW prices it at $35,000 to start. The US Market ID.4 will be performed in conjunction with the Volkswagen Atlas in Chattanooga. Both the larger and smaller battery packs will come from SK Innovations in Georgia. It’s fitting that VW Chattanooga will build an ICE-powered SUV alongside an electric SUV.
Drivers in America loves big cars. Trucks take the lead; SUVs followed. But the drivers everywhere like cheaper cars, and the promise of cheap electric cars has shunned the industry. Cheaper electric cars are coming, like Chevy Bolt EVbut given the market’s love for SUVs, a cheap Volkswagen ID.4 could be a hit.