New VW ID.4 to Rival TESLA Model Y

by birtanpublished on October 3, 2020

Tesla has outlined its future at their battery day yesterday and today less than 24 hours later their futures got a little more competition specifically for the model y as volkswagen has unveiled id4 for i am assuming the sole purpose of not letting the electric car journalists sleep id4 is a good looking suv with a decent range and a great price i'll tell you about all the specs in just a second i will also give you my personal first impression as i was able to check it out in person

About a week ago and of course we will compare it to the model y and the first dibs will go to the volkswagen group of america's ceo who will join us later in the video are you ready to add another electric car to the list of your choices let's get to it welcome to e4 electric your number one source of electric car scoop if this is your first time here don't forget to click on the subscribe button and the bell notification icon so you

Don't miss anything moving forward volkswagen called this the most important launch since the beetle that's a pretty big statement let's see if they can back this up with the specs id4 was launched globally today and will be available in china europe and of course all the 50 states here in america id4 is actually entering the production now and the first deliveries of its first edition at around 44 000 will start in december

The first edition will have around 250 miles of the estimated epa range and you can reserve yours for just 100 and of course that deposit is refundable and then the regular run of what they're calling id4 pro will start in the first quarter of the next year at just under 40 000 that's before the federal tax credit so here in the united states depending on which state you live in the id4 can cost you something very

Close to just 30 000 but then one year later in 2022 volkswagen will start making these babies here in the united states and the starting price will go down all the way to 35 000 the id4 will be available in a rear-wheel drive with 201 horsepower and an 82 kilowatt hour battery with 77 kilowatt hours available and later on an all-wheel drive with a 302 horsepower and the same 82 kilowatt hour battery

Let's talk about charging the id4 will be able to dc fast charge at the maximum rate of 125 kilowatts and it will come and this is a big deal with three years of unlimited fast charging with electrify america this is essentially the best fast charging deal that you can get with a new electric car here in the united states the only other manufacturer that has the same deal is lucid for their upcoming electric

Sedan air and since we just had the battery day we got to talk about the batteries of course but volkswagen's got something very interesting going on they have several battery cell suppliers that they're working with but volkswagen is the one that's supplying them with specs with the recipe if you will and that gives them full control of what goes into those batteries their ip which they hope will keep them competitive but at the same time

Enough suppliers to provide them with enough batteries to launch a mass production of this suv as i mentioned before i was able to check out the id4 in person about a week ago so let me give you my personal first impression but before that a quick reminder that this video and this channel is sponsored by candy america the most affordable electric car in the united states k27 starts just under 10 000 after the federal tax credit and their second model k23

For just under 20. deliveries start in less than three months so make sure to reserve yours using the link in the description of this video and by evanex the tesla communities accessory store use e4 electric the name of this channel as a discount code for all of your purchases over 100 so i got to check out the id4 in person and i guess i wasn't as excited as i should have been because volkswagen never really made as big of a

Deal about the id4 as they did about the id3 and i just never fell in love with the id3 though i know it will be one of the top sellers in europe for sure so when they finally pulled the cover off in a dramatic fashion even though it was just me and my assistant in the room because we were social distancing and all of the media teams were allowed one after another i was actually quite impressed it is a good looking suv regardless of

Electric or not i like the front as you can see i spent some quality time with the car there and i loved the back as well and i was quite impressed with the interior once i got in i thought based on what i've seen in pictures that the display would be too small for me but actually it's a decent size unfortunately i wasn't able to spend as much time with the user interface as i wanted to because it was the pre-production

Car and not everything was working but it was simple i think it's very much good enough to do its job but i gotta check it out once it's fully working to give you guys a full review of it so let's talk about some really cool features that i really really like that are kind of unique to the id4 and on top of my list is the id light it's simply the strip of led lights that go across your dashboard where the dashboard meets the windshield this is the most

Basic way to communicate the most important information to the driver as we're usually overwhelmed by all the information that we see on the displays and huds and our phones and the music is playing loud or we're talking on the phone so this is a really cool feature that i really like and of course there is a built-in back massager and i know it's kind of a toy for some people but if you do have a bad back or you're driving on a long distance you know to prevent your back from being

Stiff that's actually quite an important feature and of course some things are just cute check out this accelerator and brake pedals with the play and pause labels on them i absolutely love this i i don't know maybe i haven't seen this before i don't know if you have let me know in the comment section but i thought that was quite clever and this car was the first edition so it had some accents and trimming that made it into a very sharp looking car let me know in the comment section

What you guys think but i absolutely loved it now let's get to the inevitable which is the comparison to the tesla model why they are essentially in the same category and i will tell you what my take on it is but i think the first dibs should go to the ceo of volkswagen group of america scott keogh uh do you feel like you're sort of in the same category you know without getting a tweet from elon with your answer but at the same time why do you think people will go for the id4

If they've also looked at the model y or also other cars in the same category look i think there's a couple of things at play i think first and foremost look the beatles needed the rolling stones the rolling stones needed the beatles because it made rock and roll better tesla needs volkswagen volkswagen needs tesla because it'll get more people driving electric cars so this is not a zero-sum game and everyone wants to be you know this is killing that that's killing that no one's killing anything it's awesome technology that's gonna drive adaption

For america that's the first part the second thing in terms of primary targets i think you're exactly right yes the electric car owner already knows electric vehicles they know all about them and we feel very confident they'll give our car its day in court they'll cross shop it what they'll find out car drives like crazy 14 15 000 less than the tesla model y has similar packaging and it's a damn good car fact but the bigger opportunity and to me i always you know

Look to the famous race car drivers and what they say when you try to pass somebody you don't look at where all the traffic is you look at where the daylight is look for daylight and for us the daylight is we have a compact suv there's 35 million of them on the road in america at this price point there's four million of them sold each and every year so the bigger opportunity is not the 240 000 electric vehicles on the road in america

The bigger opportunity is the 4 million uh a compact suvs the toyotas the subarus the hondas so that's why we're putting our effort there we'll get our day in court have an awesome car electric buyers will cross-shop it and i think we'll do quite well but we're more interested in as i say the daylight not the traffic we want to open up the whole market and that's the opportunity in my mind clearly i gotta tell you i love the confidence

Of this guy usually when i talk to an executive from a legacy brand they're trying to be very sort of careful about what they say especially about tesla they don't like to compare it they usually try to say well you know we're doing our own thing but you know there's nothing wrong with saying yes we are better than the competition but do so in a respectful way as scott did none of the oh no mr moss don't send the mean tweet my way because i said

That we're better than you now let's break down what he said because essentially the id4 is a car for drivers where the model y is the car for techies and there is a market for both obviously the model y has got the best tax it's got the autopilot if you choose to pay for it there's absolutely no competition there their tech is exciting they got the over-the-air update so the tag gets better with time and it is a tesla on the other hand the id4 has more of a mainstream look

That's still a very much good looking where the model y is kind of a cutting edge and again there's audience for both of course there's something to be said about the display behind the steering wheel that most people are used to for example i just will not buy a car without one i just don't feel very comfortable where some people really do embrace the absence of it and of course there's something to be said about the brand recognition volkswagen is much more

Recognized and established brand they have more service centers and of course service is something that tesla has not excelled in so a lot of people may be persuaded by just that but the biggest difference here is obviously the price half of it is due to the 7 500 tax credit here in the united states which is no longer available for tesla but another part is that this car is simply cheaper and this is without even talking about their

Upcoming 35 000 version and so probably the almost 15 000 difference in price is going to be the biggest pro for the id4 where the amazing tank and the autopilot would be the biggest pro for the model y let me know in the comment section which one you would pick if you were shopping for a small electric suv though there are other choices so you're not limited to these two so have at it don't forget to check out my recap and review of tesla's battery

Day with a reporting from eli burton of my tesla adventure who was actually present at the presentation if you're watching me on youtube you can click on the link in that corner but i also put that link in the description of this video looking forward to all of your comments other than that see you guys next time and remember to stay charged

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