Volkswagen has just opened the order book for its new ID.4 electric SUV in the United States and thirty European countries. The German brand anticipates that the first units will begin to be delivered throughout March.
The ID.4 is the first genuinely global electric car launched by Volkswagen and is a key part of its goal of producing 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025. “The ID.4 plays a role important. With this model, Volkswagen is expanding its range to include an electric vehicle in the world’s fastest-growing segment, the compact SUV,” says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.
Klaus Zellmer, a member of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Sales Board, adds: “With the global launch of the ID.4, we will get more people excited about electric mobility, which will give an additional boost to our electric offensive. We expect to deliver more than 100,000 ID.4s to clients this year alone. We have already received 17,000 orders.”
Of the 100,000 units that Volkswagen plans to sell throughout this year, two-thirds will be destined for the European market, while the rest will be distributed between China and the United States. Although the model is currently produced in Zwickau (Germany), Anting (China), and Foshan (China), in 2022, it will also start to be manufactured in Emden (Germany) and Chattanooga (United States).
“The car will be manufactured and sold in Europe and China, and later produced in the United States. In doing so, we are expanding the MEB platform around the world, creating the foundation for the success of the ID family,” explains Brandstätter, implying that the midsize SUV is likely to become the brand’s most important model at the global level.