The Volkswagen ID.4 will be a big deal for the battery-electric vehicle (BEV) market in the US. We have not tested one yet, which is unusual. Most manufacturers send us new production or pre-production EVs early in the launch. Coupled with what we have read about the model's launch timing, it seems like VW is a bit overwhelmed right now. If you were planning to be an early adopter, we would suggest stepping back and letting VW sort out its gremlins.
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Rather than repeat what we know, the above video will tell you the tale. The ID.4 is not yet fully compatible with Electrify America, VW's own charger network. Its interface with the network is needlessly overcomplicated and seems a bit glitchy. This will all be worked out eventually. But why be an owner during that time?
The ID.4 is also a competitor to the Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Toyota RAV4 Prime, depending on how your needs and wants list takes shape. Watch the video. It explains the entire situation better than we can do.
Watch for more positive updates on this important vehicle in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to testing the ID.4 ourselves and telling you good things about it.
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