VW ID.4 EV FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About The VW ID.4


The ID.4 was introduced in 2021 as the first U.S.-bound Volkswagen vehicle designed from tip to tail as an electric vehicle. It offers the best efficiency, range, and interior space in the EV market. The ID.4 is a small SUV with plenty of room for passengers, technology features, and comfort to make the ride enjoyable. Let's take a closer look at the Volkswagen ID.4 and answer some FAQs.


Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a small SUV that is fully electric and offers seating for up to five. It's powered by an 82-kWh battery pack, along with a 201-horsepower electric motor to drive the rear wheels. There's also an all-wheel-drive option with a 302-horsepower electric motor to run the rear wheels.


You can get the ID.4 in three trim levels: the Pro, Pro S, and 1st Edition. The Pro offers 19-inch wheels, DC fast-charging capability up to 125 kW, keyless entry, automatic headlights, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents, and a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. You also get a 10-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, VW's CarNet Wi-Fi, and wireless smartphone charging.


Moving up to the Pro S adds adaptive LED headlights, a hands-free power tailgate, illuminated exterior Volkswagen logos, panoramic sunroof, simulated leather upholstery, and upgraded front seats with massage function. The touch screen is also upgraded to a 12-inch model with gesture control. Finally, the 1st Edition upgrades you to white interior accents, unique pedals with "Pause" and "Play" logos, and a tow hitch with trailer brakes that allow you to haul up to 2,200 pounds.


Standard safety features come with the IQ.Drive package and include the lane-keeping system, forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver attention warning, and parking sensors.


FAQs

As the first-ever ground-up EV car from Volkswagen, drivers everywhere have a lot of questions about this new entry into the auto market. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the all-new Volkswagen ID.4:


What Does ID Stand For?

ID. stands for intelligent design, identity, and visionary technologies.


Is the ID.4 100% Electric?

Yes! The ID.4 is Volkswagen's first-ever fully electric SUV.


What Is the Range for the ID.4?

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 gets an EPA-estimated range on a single charge of 260 miles. 


How Fast Does the ID.4 Charge?

Depending on the charger, the ID.4 can take anywhere from eight to 80 hours. Here's the breakdown:

  • Level 1 (120-volt). A Level 1 charges at approximately two miles of charge per hour, meaning that it will take about 80 hours to charge your ID.4 with the included Level 1 charger fully.
  • Level 2 (240-volt). Level 2 charger can range from 16 to 48 amps.
    • 40 amps will charge your ID.4 at about 27 miles of charge per hour, taking approximately 12 hours to achieve a full charge.
    • 48 amps increases this to 32 miles of charge per hour, bringing the charging time down to about eight hours.
  • Level 3. This type of charging is also known as DC fast-charging and will bring a full charge down to 30 minutes, but this is not available as an at-home option, only available at charging stations.


How Much Does it Cost to Charge an ID.4 at Home? How Much Will My Electric Bill Increase?

The U.S. national average is currently $0.13/kWh, meaning that the ID.4 costs approximately $10 to charge from empty to full at home. For an exact quote, contact your local electrical company to determine your current rate. You can expect an increase of around $10/month when you choose to charge your ID.4 at home.


How Much Would It Cost to Install a Level 2 Charger at Home?

The charging station itself runs between $500 and $700 to purchase. Installation would require a professional and would run approximately $1,200 to $2,000. This estimate will increase if you need significant electrical upgrades to your home in order to install a Level 2 charging station. Installation of a Level 2 charging station is one of the most common residential applications and will allow you to charge your ID.4 fully much quicker.


What Is Required to Install a Level 2 Charger?

It's highly recommended to have a professional electrician install a Level 2 charging station because you'll be working with your home's electrical system. First, you will need to run 240 volts from the breaker panel to the place where you plan to install your charging station. You will need a double-pole circuit breaker attached to two 120-volt buses to double the circuit voltage, using a four-strand cable. This cable needs to be properly secured and insulated to prevent damage to your electrical system. Finally, mount your charging system and attach it to the 240-volt cable.


Can I Charge My Volkswagen ID.4 at Any EV Charging Station?

Yes! It's important to note that according to EV Charging, in 2019, there were approximately 17,500 charging stations across the nation. That's compared to 168,000 gas stations. While your options for charging stations are more limited, you will be able to charge your ID.4 at any EV Charging station you find.


Does the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.4 AWD Have an Extended Range Option? 

The ID.4 does not have an extended range, but at a confirmed range of 260 miles on a full charge, it doesn't need one. The AWD option offers an estimated 240 to 249 miles on a full charge, which is an excellent range for an all-wheel-drive vehicle.


Does the ID.4 Qualify for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?

Several electric vehicles qualify for the up to $7,500 federal tax credit incentive, and the Volkswagen ID.4 is one of them. The amount of tax credit is based on the battery size of the electric vehicle, so the ID.4 qualifies for the entire $7,500 available. Up to $7,500 means that if you owe $7,500 or more at the end of the year, you will receive the full value of the credit. If you only owe $5,000, then you would receive that amount in credit. You cannot carry over the unused portion to the following tax year.


What Is the California Clean Air Rebate?

California offers an additional incentive to purchase electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles known as the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). The Volkswagen ID.4 is eligible for a $2,000 rebate through the CVRP. Eligible California residents can apply for this rebate through a simple process after purchasing or leasing an ID.4 as long as funds are available.


What Is the California Clean Fuel Rebate?

California also offers the California Clean Fuel Reward, which is available to anyone who purchases or leases an eligible electric vehicle with a battery capacity of more than 5 kWh from a participating retailer. The Volkswagen ID.4 is eligible for $1,500, thanks to its 82-kWh battery.


What Is the Gradient Package?


First of all, it's important to note that you can only add the Gradient package to the Pro S trim level. It includes 20-inch alloy wheels, a black roof, silver bumper accents, and roof rails.


Where Is the Volkswagen ID. 4 Made?

The Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany currently produces the ID.4. However, the Emden plant will also begin to manufacture the ID.4 in 2022. Sometime in 2022, the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will also begin to produce ID.4 vehicles sold in the North American market. In China, the ID.4 is manufactured by SAIC-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen.


What Is the Zero to 60 MPH for the ID.4?

In the United States, the ID.4 AWD is expected to go from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds, although early tests show a zero to 60 in 7.4 seconds. This approximate eight-second range is typical for all-electric vehicles, making the ID.4 neither fast nor sluggish, just average.


What Is the Warranty on an ID.4?

The ID.4 offers several warranties, including:

  • Eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the High Voltage Battery.
  • Four-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
  • Two-year/20,000 miles of Scheduled Carefree Maintenance.
  • Three-year/30,000 miles of Road-side Assistance.

What Is the Battery Warranty?

The high-voltage battery has a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.


Are There Any Incentives on the ID.4?

Depending on your area, incentives may vary. At the time, Volkswagen offers a $7,500 Lease Bonus Cash, a $500 First Responder for Retail or Lease, and a $500 Military for Retail or Lease incentives. In addition to incentives, Volkswagen has a special annual percentage rate (APR) option for qualified buyers. Customer incentives and rebates change frequently, so be sure to contact your local Volkswagen dealer to confirm any available discounts.


What Is Electrify America?

Electrify America is an app that tracks your vehicle's charge and notifies you when your ID.4 needs to find a charging station. It is not recommended to charge your ID.4 every night, so the Electrify America app allows you to charge your vehicle when it's best. If you don't want to use the app, you can also get text messages from the charger. When your charge is complete, the charger will stop automatically. Electrify America can also help you find a charging station. When you purchase an ID.4, Volkswagen throws in three years of free Electrify America DC fast charging.


How Much Does an ID.4 Cost to Maintain?

Estimates show maintenance costs for the ID.4 range from $80 to $378, depending on needs. You'll also increase your electric bill by approximately $10 each month, which should be included in maintenance costs. A battery is roughly $500 to $800 to replace, brake pads fall between $300 and $400, brake rotor replacements are about $600 to $1,000, and air filter replacements run between $150 and $200.


Can You Deactivate the Lane Assist Function?

Yes. You can deactivate any of the driver-assistance features, and they will stay deactivated until you choose to reactivate them.


Does the Glass Roof Open?

The glass roof on the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro is a fixed roof, so the answer is no, it doesn't open. It does come with a sunshade to help block out the sun. Moving up to the Pro S, you get a panoramic sunroof that tilts and slides to let the outside in on your ID.4.


Can I Get the White Steering Wheel?

Yes, as long as you go with the 1st Edition. White interior accents are only available on the Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition trim level.


What Are the Main Differences Between the Trims?

The most significant differences between trims include:

  • Pro: Cloth upholstery and 10-inch touch screen.
  • Pro S: Simulated leather upholstery, a hands-free power tailgate, panoramic sunroof, upgraded front seats with massage, 12-inch touch screen, available Gradient package.
  • First Edition: 20-inch wheels (compared to 19-inch on Pro and Pro S) and exclusive white interior accents.

If I Preorder the ID.4 Online, How Long Does It Take to Get It?

Depending on trim and features, including exterior paint color, you can expect it to take approximately four months from the time you place your order to the time your ID.4 arrives at the dealership for delivery. This estimate is based on the average amount of time it takes to custom create your Volkswagen ID.4 at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany.


Does the Volkswagen ID.4 Have a "Frunk" (Front Trunk)?

Unlike most other EVs on the market, the ID.4 has no "frunk" or front trunk. Other electric vehicles take advantage of this space under the hood where an engine would go and use it as a storage option. Not the ID.4. Volkswagen has made the hood shorter on the ID.4 and heavier while adding a European technique to minimize any impact on a pedestrian in case of a collision. Volkswagen stuffed the space under the hood with other equipment such as the HVAC system, making it easy to change the filter.


The ID.4 is an excellent choice if you're ready to make a move to an all-electric vehicle. Get in touch with us at Car Pros VW San Bernardino today to find out more about this amazing vehicle.