Carrying me around town shortly after 8 am on Monday was the Volkswagen 2021 ID.4 1st Edition Electric – I needed a quick charge of its battery to take me to a short business meeting in Denver and return home.
I turned north on bustling U.S. 34 on 35th Avenue, then into the Greeley Volkswagen parking lot.
There was not much excitement inside the dealership, except for the friendly face of Carlos Jimenez, sales manager.
“Sure, we can charge,” said Jimenez, who was surprised to see it parked.
There are still few on the road. ID.4 was linked last week to Volkswagen’s hoax that it would change its name in North America to “Voltswagen”, with an emphasis on electrifying its products. It was supposed to be a April Fool’s joke.
Jimenez asked for the ID key, got in and drove 15 meters to the next building, Greeley Nissan, and with the help of a representative from that company, started charging. In 40 minutes, the VW’s range was increased from 90 to 190 miles, enough for my need that morning. The range for ID.4 is 250 miles.
I discussed with Jimenez the effect of the speed of the highways on the small electric model. Jan and I drove last Saturday at speeds of up to 125 km / h for 44 miles and used 55 miles of battery range. On the return, on a different route, we drove 41 miles at 55 mph and used only 31 miles of range.
Jimenez explained how regenerative braking can expand the driving range in the city. The Greeley Volkswagen sales team, with the dealer’s first ID.4, for several days in the city shifted from gear D (steering) to gear B (battery), which meant using regenerative brake gear to decelerate; they reached 311 miles in range, a big gain over the estimated 250 miles.
Jimenez, who worked in Boulder before coming here, said the city was much quicker to embrace the hybrid / plug-in / electric movement, but that there is growing interest now in the Greeley area and that he expects entry of the VW is very competitive.
The ID.4 is a small SUV / crossover not as big as the VW Tiguan. It will compete with the recently unveiled Ford Mustang Mach-e, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona, all of which produce range expectations of 220 to 260 miles.
Volkswagen employees hope that the lure of the ID will overflow even against the strongholds of sales of the internal combustion crowds, the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. This is the best scenario.
The ID.4 can be fully recharged in 7 and a half hours with 240 volts supply. A night charge with 120 volts will add 40-50 miles or more to the range.
The ID.4 has rear-wheel drive; its 201 horsepower electric motor sits on the rear axle. Its 82 kWh battery, under the passenger area floor, weighs just over 1,000 pounds. This increases his gross weight to a heavy 4,659 pounds. It is built in Mosel, Germany.
The VW is a good driver, very quiet and offers a comfortable ride. Its infotainment center is somewhat difficult to operate, even with its voice connection.
The ID.4 1st Edition is the top trim level for the model and has a tag price of $ 45,190. The lowest-priced versions are the Pro and Pro S. A version of the model with four-wheel drive will be launched later this year.
– Bud Wells, a native of Wray, is a former editor of the Denver Post’s page 1 and has been doing car reviews for 40 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.