With the global rollout of the ID.4, Volkswagen is underscoring its ambition to become a global market leader in electric mobility. The company is to invest more than €11 billion by 2023. Volkswagen expects to produce 1.5 million electric cars a year by 2025.
“The ID.4 plays an important role. With this model, Volkswagen is expanding its range to include an electric vehicle in the world’s largest growth segment, the compact SUV class. The market launch of our world car is therefore an important strategic milestone for the brand,” says Volkswagen Passenger Cars CEO, Ralf Brandstätter. In 2020 the company had tripled its deliveries of fully-electric vehicles and, thanks to its ID. family, is now already a market leader in a number of countries.
“With the global launch of the ID.4, we will get even more people excited for electric mobility, giving our electric offensive an additional boost. We hope to deliver well over 100,000 ID.4s to customers this year alone,” says Board Member for Sales at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Klaus Zellmer. “We have already received 17,000 incoming orders for the vehicle,” he continues.
Of the deliveries planned for 2021, around two thirds will go to Europe, the other third to China and the USA. In China, the ID.4 will come to customers in two variants, the ID.4 CROZZ and ID.4 X.
Following the ID.3, the ID.4 is the second model from Volkswagen to be based on the new Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB). The platform is specially tailored to the requirements of electric vehicles. The ID.4 marks the beginning of the global rollout of the MEB platform. “The car will be made and sold in Europe and China in future, and will be produced later in the USA. In doing so, we are scaling the MEB platform around the world and creating the economic basis for the success of our ID. family,” says Brandstätter.
In Zwickau (Germany), Anting and Foshan (both in China), series production has already begun, while Chattanooga (USA) and Emden (Germany) is expected to start in 2022.