SUVs are booming. Their drivers love the sense of space and the sporting driving pleasure. But is it still in keeping with the times in light of the impending climate disaster? Frank Bekemeier, Chief Technology Officer for Electric Mobility at Volkswagen, and Jens Obernolte, Head of Energy and Weight Management, explain how the ID.4 GTX reconciles environmental awareness and driving pleasure.
Mr Obernolte, a climate-friendly SUV – isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Obernolte: No, quite the opposite! At least not when you do it like we do: the ID.4 GTX is an all-electric SUV that doesn’t emit any exhaust fumes but offers plenty of performance. So you can drive around in a sporty, highly-efficient four-wheel drive with a clear conscience. Our customers can also have the driving experience and comfort of an SUV that many people aren’t willing to forego. And why should they? What makes driving pleasure so special in the ID.4 GTX? Obernolte: The great fascination of the ID.4 GTX is the silent power of the engine. When you put your foot down on the right-hand pedal, you push up to 220 kW(((Maximum electric performance 220 kW: According to maximum performance determined by UN-GTR.21, which can be called for a maximum of 30 seconds. The power available in individual driving situations depends on variable factors such as ambient temperature, temperature, battery status and conditioning state or physical ageing of the high-voltage battery. The availability of the maximum performance requires the temperature of the high-voltage battery to be between 23 and 50°C and a battery status of > 88%. Deviations in the