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Just picked up a 1st Edition ID4 today. This is the first one the VW dealer in this area has sold. So excited to finally have this vehicle. There has been much discussion on this forum by many who have not had one of their own. Until you actually have one in your hands you can not really fathom the awesomeness of the ID4.. It is super quiet inside and the technology is mind boggling!
 

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I got the first one in South Mississippi. White with gray interior First Edition. Becoming very familiar with the Gulfport MS EA station. I picked it up Monday of this week. My first EV btw, skipped the hybrids and plug in hybrids . Word of advice, always charge when you are near an EA station and it’s less than 80%.
 

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Congrats! I just picked up a cancelled FE in dallas and drove back home to austin .. no problems at EA stations, everything went as expected :) Such a comfy and quiet ride.
I got a canceled FE in San Antonio and brought back to Austin! A dealership in Ft Worth had one too I think. Pays to call around if people are getting antsy waiting.
 

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...Word of advice, always charge when you are near an EA station and it’s less than 80%.
As time goes by you will see that a much lower charge level will be more than enough for daily runs, unless you are driving many miles a day. I drive 50 miles daily and can easily go 3 days between charging to about 67%
 

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I got a canceled FE in San Antonio and brought back to Austin! A dealership in Ft Worth had one too I think. Pays to call around if people are getting antsy waiting.
That is how I got mine last week. I was not satisfied with the dealer I ordered from so I called a dealer I had test drove one in March and he had a 1st edition he could sale me. I agree with Froggy, if you are on a trip and see an EA coming up, stop and charge up if you are less than 75-80%. It will not take vary long and you can do some shopping! I have traveled 453 miles and am averaging 3.2 Kw/mi. At 77 useable Kw on the battery that is 246.4 miles range. Not to shabby! About 80% of those miles have been on the Interstate at 75 mph. I do use regeneration all the time. I have been to EA twice and charged at home a little just to see if my new Level 2 charger is working. I am amazed at how quick the EA chargers are.
 

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Okay I should be more specific. On the highway that is. EA is also a 23 mile drive for me.
And I was assuming you were recommending using DC charging to top off the battery. As of now VW Customer Care is not recommending that.
 

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And I was assuming you were recommending using DC charging to top off the battery. As of now VW Customer Care is not recommending that.
The ID4 has an 82 Kw battery of which the BMS will only let you charge to 77Kw. Thus when you are charging to 100% you can only charge to 77Kw. For just driving around in normal driving, you would never really need to charge to 100%. But on a long trip you may need the extra 20% to make it to the next EA charger. If charging to 100% is something you only do occasionally there will be no damage to the battery. A few days ago I charged to 80% at an EA charger and then drove it home and topped it up to 100% with my level 2 charger because I was making a 220 mile round trip with no EA charger available. By the way, if you do take it past 80% at an EA charger it will take longer to charge because it automatically cuts back the Kws.
 

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I currently have my charge limiter set at 80%. While EA is a 23 mile drive, I am routinely in that area twice a week . I passed by it once without topping off to 80%and found that in Slidell Louisiana I was limited to a ChargePoint level 2 for 2 hours in order to have enough juice to make it back to Gulfport MS . I made it to the EA Gulfport station with 4% on Earth Day.
 

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I currently have my charge limiter set at 80%. While EA is a 23 mile drive, I am routinely in that area twice a week . I passed by it once without topping off to 80%and found that in Slidell Louisiana I was limited to a ChargePoint level 2 for 2 hours in order to have enough juice to make it back to Gulfport MS . I made it to the EA Gulfport station with 4% on Earth Day.
My level 2 at home charges at about 10 Kw, but I do not know how long it would take to go from 10% to 80% because I have never done that, because seven minutes away it an EA charger that will do that in about 30 minutes and it is free.
 
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