Volkswagen are certainly ramping up their electric vehicle offering with the production of the Volkswagen ID.4, the brands first all-electric SUV, entering production at Zwickau. By ramping up too, they are investing heavily, which is great news for the world. They are looking to invest around 33 billion euros from now till 2024, and hope to produce 1.5 million electric cars in 2025. Zwickau plays a key role in the system changeover to e-mobility: For the first time, a large car manufacturing plant is being entirely converted to e-mobility, with investments running at some €1.2 billion. All conversion work will be completed as scheduled this year.
“With the ID.4, Volkswagen is adding an all-electric vehicle to its offering in the compact SUV class, the world’s largest growth segment”, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, said. “Following the ID.3, this is already the second model based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). Going forward, the car will be built and sold in Europe, in China, and later also in the USA. That is how we are scaling the MEB platform globally and laying the economic foundations for the success of our ID. family.”
Volkswagen ID.4, its first all-electric SUV
With all the trimmings and fixings, the Volkswagen ID.4 will be capable of traveling over 500 kilometers (to WLTP). They are boasting that it will have plenty of interior space, and the exterior looks ‘ultra-modern’.
Upon launch, the Volkswagen ID.4 will be only be available in rear-wheel drive. Providing for low center of gravity, the high-voltage battery is sandwiched in the underbody. The ID.4 will be very spacious thanks to its compact electric drive technology. The cockpit of the zero-emission SUV is clearly structured and consistently digitalized; operation is largely via touch surfaces and intuitive voice control.
Friendly to the environment production
Both the ID.4 and ID.3 are important milestones as the brand sets its course toward complete carbon neutrality by 2050. The electric SUV sets new benchmarks in sustainability: Production in Saxony is carbon-neutral and the electric SUV will be handed over to customers with a carbon-neutral footprint. Green power is exclusively used in energy-intensive battery cell production for the ID.4.