After the somewhat bumpy start of the mid-range ID.3 electric vehicle, production of the ID.4 SUV is now starting. It is supposed to accelerate the electric offensive.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand has started production of its second all-electric car. As the company announced on Thursday, the ID.4 is now also rolling off the production line at the VW plant in Zwickau, Saxony. The new car is an electric-based SUV and will in future play a role like the VW Tiguan, a compact SUV with a combustion engine.
Volkswagen presented the SUV online in March 2020 after the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to Corona. Due to its low drag coefficient of 0.28 and the scalable battery system, ranges of over 500 kilometers (according to WLTP) are possible with the ID.4, the company announced on Thursday.
However, VW did not provide details on prices or battery capacities. Batteries with up to 77 kilowatt hours (kWh) are available for the ID.3. The SUV will initially come onto the market with rear-wheel drive, with electric all-wheel drive to follow.
Goal: 300,000 e-cars from Zwickau
The Zwickau plant plays a crucial role in the transition to e-mobility for the world’s largest car company. With investments of 1.2 billion euros, the factory will be converted to exclusively manufacturing electric cars by the end of this year. So far, the Golf Variant has also been manufactured here. Many employees were retrained and trained. In the coming year, only electric vehicles will be produced at the location. Around 300,000 electric cars are to be built in Zwickau every year. VW is now talking about the largest electric car plant in Europe.