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 for its price point in the EV market. The ID.4 is a crossover SUV with plenty of room for five passengers, innovative technology features, comfort, and handling that make you appreciate its German engineering and safety – benefiting you the driver. Let’s take a closer look at the Volkswagen ID.4 and answer some FAQs.

Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a crossover 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 currently get the ID.4 in two trim levels: the Pro, and Pro S. 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.

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.


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 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?

With the newly released 2022 models, the range of the ID.4 has been extended further.


How Fast Does the ID.4 Charge?

There are three different levels of available charging for the ID.4:

  • 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 1 cable is included with the vehicle and can be plugged into a regular 120V GFI household outlet at home.
  • 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 increase this to 32 miles of charge per hour, bringing the charging time down to about eight hours to achieve a full charge. This requires the additional purchase of a Level 2 home charger. See below for additional information on home charging.
  • Level 3. This type of charging is also known as DC fast-charging and will bring a full charge down to approximately 40 minutes, but this is not available as an at-home option, only available at charging stations. The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes with 3 years of free DC Fast Charging at Electrify American charging stations across the United States, starting at the time of purchase for the original owner. The ID.4 EV’s maximum charge rate is 125kW

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. For an exact quote, contact your local electrical company to determine your current rate.

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

The charging station itself runs between $500 and $700 to purchase. For example, the Electrify Home Level 2 Charger is $649.00 +tax. If needed, installation could require an electrician which would increase cost, depending on the electrical upgrades needed for your home. Installation of a Level 2 charging station is one of the most common residential applications today and allows you to fully charge your ID.4 in less time.

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 a confirmed range of the ID.4 Pro at 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, depending on model, this is an excellent range for an all-wheel-drive, long-range, electric 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.\

You also receive the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit if you lease your ID.4. Volkswagen Credit passes this to you in the form of a rebate, which lowers the capitalized cost in your transaction. This effectively gives you the full benefit up front, when leasing.

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 the customer qualifies and 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.

Since November 2, 2021, this California Clean Fuel Rebate has now been updated to $750 for California residents.

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 side 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. Mid-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 goes from zero to 60 in approximately 5.5 seconds, and the ID.4 RWD goes from zero to 60 in approximately 7.5 seconds. The 229 lb/ft torque in the RWD model, and 339 lb/ft torque in the AWD model, provides the driver with impressive acceleration when needed most, such as when merging onto the freeway.

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 South Bay Volkswagen to confirm any available discounts.

What Is Electrify America?

Electrify America is the largest public fast-charging network in the U.S. and is expanding daily. Volkswagen of America provides the original owner of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 three years free DC fast charging at all Electrify America locations in the U.S.
Electrify America charging works in conjunction with an app that helps you track charging status, time remaining, notifies once you’ve achieved your desired level of charging, etc. The app is free to download from the App Store.
However, as a reminder, the ID.4 can charge at any DC fast charging station, such as EV Go, ChargePoint, among others.

How Much Does an ID.4 Cost to Maintain?

Electric vehicles are known for their low cost of ownership and maintenance, compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 comes included with Two-year/20,000 miles of Scheduled Carefree Maintenance. This along with the annual savings from 3 years of DC fast charging for the original owner, further lowers your cost of ownership, compared to other electric vehicles.

Based on your charging needs at home, your electric bill could increase. However, there are often additional rebates available on an annual basis from your local utility company, which add to your savings from owning an ID.4.

Overall, fully charging the ID.4 at home with a Level 2 charger costs approximately $10.00, a fraction of the cost to fill up a gas car.

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 S is a fixed roof, so the answer is no, it doesn’t open. However, unlike other electric vehicles on the market with the same fixed-roof design, the ID.4 Pro S is engineered with a power sunshade to help block out the sun and heat. The ID.4 Pro does not come equipped with a fixed glass roof.

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.

The 1st Edition is a launch model only and is no longer widely available.

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 (launch model only): 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 RWD vs. AWD, exterior paint color, etc., you can expect it to take approximately four to eight months from the time you place your order to the time your ID.4 arrives at South Bay Volkswagen 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 some other EVs on the market, the ID.4 has no “frunk” or front trunk. Other electric vehicles utilize this space to supplement reduced cargo capacity, while the Volkswagen ID.4 has utilized German engineering to design a rear cargo area that allows for more useable space, reducing the need for a “frunk.” An additional benefit of not having a “frunk” is the ease of access for technicians when servicing the ID.4. Being able to quickly access equipment, such as the HVAC system, reduces labor time, thus likely reducing the cost of maintenance.

Can you tow with the ID.4?

Yes, the ID.4 equipped with the AWD dual-motor provides the ability to tow up to 2700 lbs with a braked trailer (or up to 1650 lbs with a non-braked trailer).

How can I order a Volkswagen ID.4?

You can place your order and reserve your Volkswagen ID.4 easily online here at any time. Upon placing the order, you will be required to put down a $100 fully-refundable deposit with Volkswagen of America. When your vehicle is ready for production scheduling at the factory, Volkswagen of America will reach out to confirm your order, give you the opportunity to cancel or update your reservation, and require an additional $400 refundable deposit (totaling $500).

Volkswagen will communicate updates along the way to your My VW reservation portal, providing you insight into the production process, timing updates, and additional ID.4 information along the way.

Does the Volkswagen ID.4 come with free charging?

Yes! The original owner of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 benefits from three years of free DC Fast Charging on the Electrify America charging network.

We are also excited to confirm, that your purchase of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 includes 3 years of DC fast charging at Electrify America (limitations will now apply). Details and limitations will be provided at a later date when more information about the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is made available by Volkswagen of America.

What are the expected changes to the 2022 model year Volkswagen ID.4?

There’s more to get excited about. The model year 2022 ID.4 is anticipated to include updates we think you’ll love, such as:

  • Expected improved range to help you go further without stopping to charge.
  • Increased DC Fast Charging speed to save you time when charging.
  • Auto Hold, allowing you to keep your vehicle at a standstill with your foot off the brake.

We are also excited to confirm, that your purchase of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 includes 3 years of DC fast charging at Electrify America (limitations will now apply). Details and limitations will be provided at a later date when more information about the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is made available by Volkswagen of America.

Can I order a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 now?

Yes! You can place your order here at any time. Please be aware, you will see the reservation portal is still utilizing the model year 2021 vehicle configurations until detailed info on the 2022 model is available. While you will be required to put down a $100 refundable deposit upfront, you will receive the 2022 change points prior to confirming your order and providing the additional $400 to secure production of your vehicle.

Does the 2022 ID.4 still come with 3-Years of Free Fast Charging at Electrify America locations, like the 2021 ID.4?

The answer is “Yes,” however with a slight modification for the 2022 model. A new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 includes 3-years of unlimited, free 30-minute fast charging sessions at Electrify America locations across the Unites States, with a 60-minute wait-period between charging sessions. –

That means, you will receive 3 years of free, 30-minute, Level 3 DC fast charging sessions at any Electrify America location throughout the U.S. The session wait time resets every 60 minutes once charging is completed.

With the exception of a road trip, you typically won’t need 30 minutes to reach the recommended 80% charge level on a daily basis. It takes approximately 40 minutes to charge the ID.4 from 5% to 80% at a DC fast charger. Remember, you can set the ID.4 to stop the charging process at any charge level you want to achieve (80%/90%/100%).

Some additional details:

  • 3 years of included, unlimited, 30-minute charging sessions on the MY22 ID.4 vehicles begins upon the vehicle purchase.
  • Non-transferable
  • Not available for commercial use, such as ridesharing
  • Requires Electrify America mobile app, account, enrollment in 2022 ID.4 Charging Plan, acceptance of Plan Disclosure & $10 deposit to pre-fund any Idle Fees & charging after 30 minutes.
  • User is responsible for idle fees, which apply beginning 10 minutes after charge session ends or vehicle reaches full charge.
  • After the initial 30 minutes of each applicable session, charging continues uninterrupted at then-current Electrify America Pass pricing.

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 South Bay Volkswagen today to find out more about this amazing vehicle.

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