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To road trip or not to road trip with a brand new ID.4?

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Captain’s log, stardate 92%. Most of my regen has returned. My guess is that at 100% you have half regen and at 90% you have full regen.
My guess was a bit off, last I checked I have 86% SoC and barely a teensy gap at the bottom of the regen bar. I am reformulating my guess to:

Full regen: 0-85%
Full to half regen: 86%-100%
 

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I’m very happy to report that I completed the first leg of my road trip and arrived in Tucson from San Diego after ~8 hours. I made three stops to charge (2 to 80% and 1 to 60%). I only had a problem at the last stop (Casa Grande, AZ) where two of the chargers were slow (<40kw), but thankfully the third charger got going up to 125kw.

The icing on the cake was seeing another ID.4 charging as I pulled up. It’s forum user JHN from Tucson! We snapped a photo to remember the moment.
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One suggestion for VW: leaving the car to charge in 100-degree heat is only good if you can leave the AC on while you go grab a bite to eat. The only way to do that is through the Car-Net app. This should be an on-board feature in the car to enable climatization during a charging session.
 

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That’s great news, congrats on this first trip! I’m just a little jealous.
 

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I’m very happy to report that I completed the first leg of my road trip and arrived in Tucson from San Diego after ~8 hours. I made three stops to charge (2 to 80% and 1 to 60%). I only had a problem at the last stop (Casa Grande, AZ) where two of the chargers were slow (
The icing on the cake was seeing another ID.4 charging as I pulled up. It’s forum user JHN from Tucson! We snapped a photo to remember the moment.
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One suggestion for VW: leaving the car to charge in 100-degree heat is only good if you can leave the AC on while you go grab a bite to eat. The only way to do that is through the Car-Net app. This should be an on-board feature in the car to enable climatization during a charging session.
You can at least tap the "immediate climate" button or whatever it says when the exit screen pops up after turning off the car. That should run for 30 minutes
 

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Did you stop in Quartzite? The EA chargers are active on the EA map.
 

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You can at least tap the "immediate climate" button or whatever it says when the exit screen pops up after turning off the car. That should run for 30 minutes
Oh, that’s what that means! Thanks for that great tip!
 
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I’m very happy to report that I completed the first leg of my road trip and arrived in Tucson from San Diego after ~8 hours. I made three stops to charge (2 to 80% and 1 to 60%). I only had a problem at the last stop (Casa Grande, AZ) where two of the chargers were slow (<40kw), but thankfully the third charger got going up to 125kw.

The icing on the cake was seeing another ID.4 charging as I pulled up. It’s forum user JHN from Tucson! We snapped a photo to remember the moment.
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One suggestion for VW: leaving the car to charge in 100-degree heat is only good if you can leave the AC on while you go grab a bite to eat. The only way to do that is through the Car-Net app. This should be an on-board feature in the car to enable climatization during a charging session.
Great to meet you! When we returned to the charging station a day later, the same charger was charging at 5mph. Strange. I hope the rest of your trip went well and that you will enjoy your visit to Tucson.
 

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Yes, those are the comments I've been alluding to. I hope them not needing to be service does not mean they can't be serviced. Those statements seem to underscore what I'm discussing in relation to them being engineered primarily for regenerative braking. It's an interesting question whether they even aid in friction stopping--that's just an assumption I, and others, have been making. It's entirely possible only the front brakes are friction.

Once I pull my Touareg off the lift I can put the ID up on it and see if I can learn anything from some tests.
We talked with the VW EV specialist. They said for long trips it is fine to charge to 100 percent as long as you are not doing it all the time. At 100 percent your mileage go from 250 to around 310. Of course all this depends on speed. Remember just don’t make a habit out of charging to 100 percent.
 

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We talked with the VW EV specialist. They said for long trips it is fine to charge to 100 percent as long as you are not doing it all the time. At 100 percent your mileage go from 250 to around 310. Of course all this depends on speed. Remember just don’t make a habit out of charging to 100 percent.
I've been charging to 95 before I leave on a big trip mainly because those last 5 miles takes another 15 minutes at a quick charger.
 

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We talked with the VW EV specialist. They said for long trips it is fine to charge to 100 percent as long as you are not doing it all the time. At 100 percent your mileage go from 250 to around 310. Of course all this depends on speed. Remember just don’t make a habit out of charging to 100 percent.
I think I charged my Bolt 100% once since I’ve had it. Been doing 80% even on road trips. I’d do the same with my ID4. 310 on a full charge i think is a stretch. It’ll also depend on the terrain.
 

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We talked with the VW EV specialist. They said for long trips it is fine to charge to 100 percent as long as you are not doing it all the time. At 100 percent your mileage go from 250 to around 310. Of course all this depends on speed. Remember just don’t make a habit out of charging to 100 percent.
And don't leave the car sitting for too long at 100%. Charge and go.
 

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First road trip complete. The EA chargers in El Centro wouldn’t go above 34kw, and I think it has to do with the fact that it was well over 100 degrees outside. I didn’t feel like waiting for over an hour to get up to 80% so I charged enough to barely make it to the final charging station on the road trip. It was a little dicey at the top of the mountain pass when I had 32 miles to go and 35 miles of range. But by the time I got to the bottom of the other side of the mountain, I had gained 20 additional miles of range and safely arrived at the final station. With an ambient temperature of 75 degrees, this one charged at a full 125kw.

I have to say the best part of the trip was Travel Assist, which made it much less exhausting. Normally on a road trip like that, I get tired from having to focus on steering. This was a breeze, and I could enjoy the scenery along the way.
 

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I have to say the best part of the trip was Travel Assist, which made it much less exhausting. Normally on a road trip like that, I get tired from having to focus on steering. This was a breeze, and I could enjoy the scenery along the way.
I've been pleasantly surprised with Travel Assist. It's probably 85% of what Tesla Autopilot is, but as long as you're paying attention (as you should be!) it helps with fatigue. I always said I'd never buy another car without Autopilot, and this has bridged the gap pretty well for me. I can only imagine (hope) it will improve with updates, too. I've noticed sometimes it likes to hug the left or right side of the lane.
 

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I've been pleasantly surprised with Travel Assist. It's probably 85% of what Tesla Autopilot is, but as long as you're paying attention (as you should be!) it helps with fatigue. I always said I'd never buy another car without Autopilot, and this has bridged the gap pretty well for me. I can only imagine (hope) it will improve with updates, too. I've noticed sometimes it likes to hug the left or right side of the lane.
It is indeed better than expected. The buttons and icons are confusing and I think the distance preference is reset every time when you turn off the car. It does get confused easily (it doesn't seem to like curved overpasses for instance), and it once engaged the emergency brake even though my hands were on the steering wheel (not exactly sure how that happened). Luckily there's a chime and an error message, so it's easy to overrule.

The only feature I wish for is a clear chime when travel assist engages and disengages, or is unable to activate. I've had a few times that I thought I was on travel assist but wasn't. Tesla Autopilot gives better feedback.
 

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It is indeed better than expected. The buttons and icons are confusing and I think the distance preference is reset every time when you turn off the car. It does get confused easily (it doesn't seem to like curved overpasses for instance), and it once engaged the emergency brake even though my hands were on the steering wheel (not exactly sure how that happened). Luckily there's a chime and an error message, so it's easy to overrule.

The only feature I wish for is a clear chime when travel assist engages and disengages, or is unable to activate. I've had a few times that I thought I was on travel assist but wasn't. Tesla Autopilot gives better feedback.
There is a setting in the infotainment screen to change what the default distance setting is. You can set it to any of the 5 settings, or you can set it to be "last selected", which should remember whatever distance setting you previously used.
 

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There is a setting in the infotainment screen to change what the default distance setting is. You can set it to any of the 5 settings, or you can set it to be "last selected", which should remember whatever distance setting you previously used.
You should know better by now :) Gotta give us icon > page > setting or whatever. Just "in the infotainment screen" is going to make us dig for 20-30 minutes :(
 

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You should know better by now :) Gotta give us icon > page > setting or whatever. Just "in the infotainment screen" is going to make us dig for 20-30 minutes :(
Yeah fair point, I just usually am replying to stuff here while I'm working so I can't really go out to the garage to check which menus things are in every time I think of things like that. I wanna say this particular setting is somewhere in the Vehicle page/app from the home screen, wherever that menu is that shows like the 3 blue highlighted areas around the outside of the car image, and you tap on the one in the front of the car, I think that's where it is...Maybe
 

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theboomer is right but there is an easier way to get there: just touch the assist button (under the screen, to the right of the hazard flasher). The image shows 3 touch-sensitive areas -- touch the zone in front of your car to set the ACC following distance. Touch the car in front of you to lock in the same following distance every time you use ACC. Touch the third car for the blind spot detection settings.
 
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