Something to prove: VW ID.4 EV completes cross-country drive in US

By CARSIFU | 9 April 2021

WASHINGTON: Volkswagen of America completed a drive across the US last week with the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV.

Starting in New York City mid-March, the small team crossed the States on a predominantly southern route, wrapping up the drive on schedule in 18 days in Sacramento, California.

“We proved exactly what we set out to do with this drive, which was to show that with a little planning, covering long distances in an EV can be easy,” said Dustin Krause, Director, e-Mobility, Volkswagen of America.

“We met so many people on the road and were able to show off the ID.4 to the US, just as deliveries are starting to happen at dealerships. The ID.4 performed flawlessly and we’re hoping this trip reiterates that electric vehicles and EV charging networks are ready for the masses.”

The route included stops in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Marfa, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, Joshua Tree, LA, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento, among other cities. The vehicle was charged at 32 Electrify America charging stations, among a few other opportunities that included overnight charging at selected hotels.

The small team navigated more than 10,782km and created a daily vlog series to show highlights from each day. A short documentary showing a broader look at the trip will launch in the coming weeks as well.

Electrify America is the nation’s largest open DC fast charging network with more than 560 charging stations and more than 2,400 DC fast chargers, including two cross-country routes to take electric vehicle drivers from Washington, D.C. to LA and Jacksonville to San Diego.

To help meet current and future demand, Electrify America continues to expand rapidly, with plans to install or have under development 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.

The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV and the brand’s first electric world car.

The vehicle is currently offered in the US with an 82kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201hp and 310Nm of torque. The EPA-estimated range for the ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition models is 402km.