Volkswagen is on a mission to break people’s misconceptions about reach anxiety by taking part in a 6,700-mile, 18-day cross-country trip in its all-electric 2021 ID.4 crossover. The trip began in New York City in mid-March and ended on March 30 in Sacramento, California.
“We proved exactly what we intended to do with this trip, which was to show that, with a little planning, covering long distances in an VE can be easy,” said Dustin Krause, Director of e-Mobility at Volkswagen America. “ID.4 performed perfectly and we hope this trip will reiterate that EV and electric vehicle charging networks are ready for the masses.”
The team was behind the wheel of a 2021 VW ID.4 Pro equipped with a single rear-mounted electric motor with 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. It also has an 82 kWh battery, enough for an EPA-confirmed range of up to 250 miles per full charge.
Speaking of reach, the team used 32 Electrify America charging stations along the way, along with some night charging passes at selected hotels. Driving from New York to California in a conventional gasoline-powered car usually takes five days, if you travel an average of eight hours a day. But if you take into account detours and sightseeing tours, you can finish the southern route in about 14 to 16 days at the most.
Electrify America is the largest open DC fast charging network in America, including two cross-country charging stations to take EV drivers from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles and Jacksonville to San Diego. The service is expanding to meet future demand and plans to install 800 charging stations and 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.
Volkswagen has an exciting proposal for its 2021 ID.4 EV. With entry prices starting at $ 39,995 for entry-level ID.4 Pro, available federal tax credits of up to $ 7,500 help ease the pain of owning your first EV. Granted, the Tesla Model Y is faster and has a longer range, but ID.4 is more affordable, costing as little as $ 32,500 after federal tax incentives.
Meanwhile, ID.4 AWD Pro starts at $ 43,695 (before tax credits). It adds an electric motor at the rear for an effective AWD system, with a combined power of 302 horsepower. Arriving at the end of this year is the ID.4 1st Edition model starting at $ 43,995 before tax credits. All VW ID.4 models get three years of free fast charging from Electrify America to replenish batteries from five to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes.