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Volkswagen ID.4 AWD range confirmed by EPA

The offical EPA range figures are out for the AWD Volkswagen ID.4 and they are exactly as expected

  • EPA range for the ID.4 Pro AWD is 401 kilometers (249 miles)

  • Range difference between RWD and AWD is 4%

  • AWD versions should be priced about $5,000 more than equivalent RWD versions in Canada, $3,680 more in the US

 

The Environmental Protection Agency, in the United States, has just released its official range figures for the All-Wheel Drive versions of the new Volkswagen ID.4.

These official figures match the projected range exactly, at 401 kilometers (249 miles) for the Pro AWD and 386 kilometers (240 miles) for the more expensive Pro S AWD trim.

When compared to the equivalent RWD range figures of 418 kilometers (260 miles) and 402 kilometers (250 miles) for the Pro and Pro S, the decrease in range caused by the addition of a second motor is of about 4%.

The relatively small difference in efficiency is achieved by an asynchronous second motor installed on the front axle. This type of electric motor is designed to limit power losses when idle. Its installation gives the ID.4 All-Wheel Drive and increased performance.

Indeed, the base Rear-Wheel drive powertrain produces 201 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque while the AWD setup will output close to 300 horsepower.

All versions of the ID.4 sold in North America will be equipped with an 82 kWh battery that can be recharged at up to 125 kW by suitable fast chargers.

The difference in price of about $5,000 in Canada and $3,680 in the US over the equivalent Rear-Wheel Drive version will make the ID.4 the cheapest AWD electric car on the market

Sales in Canada will be limited to British Columbia and Quebec at first because of the stronger demand for electric cars in these provinces.

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