As Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant opens to build a smaller-battery, US-made model, the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 receives a new, more affordable option.
The starting price of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is about $4k less than that of the model from the previous year, which was $41,230. However, this isn’t actually a price reduction because a new battery size has been launched. The “Pro” battery’s current capacity is 82 kWh, giving it an EPA-estimated range of 275 miles. A lesser 62kWh “Standard” trim with a 208-mile range will be available on the vehicle for the following year.
In fact, the cost of the 82kWh Pro model has increased for the upcoming year and now starts at $42,495. Thus, the entry-level model is now more reasonably priced even while the cost of the larger battery is increasing.
The basic model of the only EV sold under the Volkswagen brand in the US will now cost less than $30k if you are eligible for the full tax credit, which is a fair price for a well-liked CUV EV (though still quite a bit more than the $25,600 Bolt).
In accordance with the present policy, which caps tax credits at 200,000 per company, Volkswagen still has plenty of available credits. Therefore, even if the Senate rejects the proposed tax credit adjustments (which are about to be approved on), such credits ought still be accessible on the ID.
Since the bill hasn’t yet been passed, we’re still unsure of the specifics of the new tax credit, However, whether or not the car is manufactured in the US determines one of the proposed restrictions. This might disqualify a few vehicles, but since the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based ID.4 only started production last week, it should be okay even under the new regulations.
A new standard 12-inch infotainment screen, intelligent park assist, USB-C charging, certain interior and exterior design tweaks, and new optional wheel designs are among the further enhancements for the 2023 model.
The larger 82kWh battery also gains access to plug-and-charge, a fast-charging standard that makes Electrify America stations easier to operate, and an increase in fast charging capacity, up to 170kW. What’s included in it with 3 years of 30-minute complimentary charging sessions on Electrify America chargers.
If you’re looking for a 2023 Volkswagen ID.4, check the inventory at your neighbourhood dealer and see if you can join the waiting list. The fall should see the release of 2023 models. Even though Volkswagen has sold out for the year, you can still look for a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4, but you’ll need to be really lucky.
Smaller battery options are welcome, and in my opinion, we need more of them. Many people simply don’t require as much range as they believe, and for them, a lighter, more affordable, and more efficient vehicle will be a better option.
Additionally, smaller batteries allow us to remove more gas-powered vehicles from the road while maintaining the same level of battery supply– There might theoretically be four 62kWh ID.4s produced for every three 82kWh ID.4, which would mean fewer gas-powered vehicles on the road.
For those who don’t require the larger battery, this is a good price reduction and a better vehicle that will meet their needs. If you do, go ahead and spend the extra money.