Frequently Asked Questions About The VW ID.4
As the first-ever ground-up EV car from Volkswagen, this new entry into the auto market leaves drivers everywhere with questions. Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Volkswagen ID.4 right here:
Does ID Stand For Something?
ID stands for intelligent design, identity, and visionary technologies.
Is the ID.4 Really 100% Electric?
The Volkswagen ID.4 is the first SUV model that is fully electric.
How far can the ID.4 go?
A single charge gives the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 an EPA-estimated range of 260 miles.
How Fast is to Charge the ID.4?
Tthe ID.4 can take anywhere from eight to 80 hours, depending on the charger. Find a breakdown of the levels here:
- 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 Cost Effective is it to Charge an ID.4 at Home? Will My Electric Bill Increase by Much?
The ID.4 costs approximately $10 to charge from empty to full at home, given the U.S. national average is currently $0.13/k. Your local electrical company can provide you with an exact quote to determine your current rate. When you choose to charge your ID.4 at home, you can expect an increase of only approximately $10/month.
Is there an Extended Range Option on the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.4 AWD?
Since the ID.4 has a confirmed range of 260 miles on a full charge, it does not have or need an extended range. The AWD option offers an an excellent range for an all-wheel-drive vehicle at an estimated 240 to 249 miles on a full charge.
What is regenerative braking?
Every time you take your foot off the accelerator or when braking, excess kinetic energy is stored for later use allowing for an efficient driving experience.
How does temperature affect the range and battery of the ID.4?
Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, extreme hot or cold weather temperatures, battery age, and vehicle condition – many of the same conditions that affect the efficacy of a combustion engine vehicle. The VW ID.4 is equipped with an advanced battery that features an integrated cooling design to help optimize performance in a variety of conditions.
Do EVs really reduce carbon dioxide compared to gas vehicles?
Yes, they can over time, especially when they use renewable energy sources. While EVs do require slightly more energy to build, they can make up that CO2 deficit and then some over their useful lifetimes. Exactly how much less CO2 emissions driving an electric vehicle results in depends on the source of the electricity the owner uses for charging, which varies by geographic region. In many places, electric grids are converting to more CO2-free sources – such as solar and wind – and as that trend continues, the CO2 benefits of EVs will grow. But even at today’s mix of energy sources in the United States, electric vehicles can have a CO2 benefit, as most emissions are lower for electricity generation than burning gasoline.
Is the ID.4 Eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit?
The Volkswagen ID.4 is one of the electric vehicles qualify for the up to $7,500 federal tax credit incentive. The ID.4 qualifies for the entire $7,500 available, as the amount of tax credit is based on the battery size of the electric vehicle. If you owe $7,500 or more at the end of the year, you will receive the full value of the credit, since it is up to $7,500. Should you only owe $5,000, then you would receive that amount in credit. You are not able to carry over any 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 the Volkswagen ID.4 is eligible for $750, thanks to its 82-kWh battery. This 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.
Where Is the Volkswagen ID.4 Made?
Currently, the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant in Germany produces the ID.4. In 2022, the Emden plant will also begin to manufacture the ID.4. Also in 2022, the Volkswagen Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will begin to produce ID.4 vehicles to be sold in the North American market. In the Chinese market, the ID.4 is manufactured by SAIC-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen.
Can I Install a Level 2 Charger at Home, and for How Much?
You can purchase the Level 2 charging station from us for $649 plus tax. Professional Installation would be required, which will vary in cost depending on your home set up. Installation of a Level 2 charging station will allow you to charge your ID.4 fully much quicker and it is one of the most common residential applications. We recommend reaching out to Rowan Electric for a no-cost, over the phone install estimate.
What Steps are Required to Install a Level 2 Charger?
Because you'll be working with your home's electrical system, it is highly recommended to have a professional electrician install a Level 2 charging station. 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.
Is there a Warranty on an ID.4?
The ID.4 offers your choice of 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.
Is there a Battery Warranty?
The high-voltage battery has a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
What are the Incentives on the ID.4?
Incentives may vary depending on your area. Currently, 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. Also, Volkswagen has a special annual percentage rate (APR) option for qualified buyers on top of incentives. Contact us to confirm any available discounts, since customer incentives and rebates change frequently.
What Is Electrify America?
When you purchase an ID.4, Volkswagen provides you with three years of free Electrify America DC fast charging at their charging stations. Electrify America has an app that tracks your vehicle's charge and is able to notify you when your ID.4 needs to find a charging station. The Electrify America app allows you to charge your vehicle when it's best, since it is not recommended to charge your ID.4 every night. In lieu of using the app, you can instead choose to get text messages from the charger. The charger will stop automatically when your charge is complete. The Electrify America app can also help you find a charging station.
Does an ID.4 Cost Much to Maintain?
Estimates show maintenance costs for the ID.4 range from $80 to $378, depending on your needs at different times. A battery is about $500 to $800 to replace, brake pads run between $300 and $400, brake rotor replacements cost between $600 and $1,000, and air filter replacements cost around $150 to $200.
Can I Deactivate the Lane Assist Function?
Yes. You can choose to deactivate any of the driver-assistance features, and they will stay deactivated until you reactivate them.
What Are the Main Features of the Trim Levels?
The most significant features of the available trims are:
- 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.
What Is the Gradient Package?
The Gradient Package includes 20-inch alloy wheels, a black roof, silver bumper accents, and roof rails. You can add the Gradient package to the Pro S trim level only.
Does the ID.4 have a key fob?
Yes! The vehicle senses your presence and automatically starts when you have your key fob and touch the handle, “waking up” intuitively. The car is ready for the road when those screens blink on.
Contact us here at Herman Cook Volkswagen to help answer any ID.4 questions!