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Volkswagen did a 6,700-mile-plus trip with the ID.4 that started in NYC mid-March and finished in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 30.

All-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV completes cross-country drive
Apr 7, 2021

  • 6,700-mile-plus trip started in NYC mid-March and finished in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 30
  • Drive team crossed 19 States plus the nation’s capital in a variety of weather conditions in effort to show drivability of VW ID.4
  • All-electric compact SUV deliveries began last month
Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America completed a drive across the U.S. last week with the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 EV. Starting in New York City mid-March, the small team crossed the States on a predominantly southern route, wrapping up the drive on schedule in 18 days in Sacramento, California.

“We proved exactly what we set out to do with this drive, which was to show that with a little planning, covering long distances in an EV can be easy,” said Dustin Krause, Director, e-Mobility, Volkswagen of America. “We met so many people on the road and were able to show off the ID.4 to the U.S., just as deliveries are starting to happen at dealerships. The ID.4 performed flawlessly and we’re hoping this trip reiterates that electric vehicles and EV charging networks are ready for the masses.”

The route included stops in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Marfa, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, Joshua Tree, LA, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento, among other cities. The vehicle was charged at 32 Electrify America charging stations, among a few other opportunities that included overnight charging at selected hotels.

The small team navigated more than 6,700 miles and created a daily vlog series to show highlights from each day, viewable on https://www.youtube.com/VolkswagenUSANews. A short documentary showing a broader look at the trip will launch in the coming weeks as well.

Electrify America is the nation’s largest open DC fast charging network with more than 560 charging stations and more than 2,400 DC fast chargers, including two cross-country routes to take electric vehicle drivers from Washington, D.C. to LA and Jacksonville to San Diego. To help meet current and future demand, Electrify America continues to expand rapidly, with plans to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.

The ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV and the brand’s first electric world car. It offers sporty yet comfortable driving, a spacious interior and cutting-edge controls, displays, infotainment and assist systems. The vehicle is currently offered in the U.S. with an 82kWh (gross) battery and a rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-estimated range for the ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition models is 250 miles.

The ID.4 offer structure is simple—four trims and one package. The entry-level Pro model is well equipped, with features typically found on higher trims baked in for added value. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $39,995, and offers a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. Starting later in 2021, the all-wheel-drive ID.4 will be available with an MSRP of $43,675. Vehicles are now beginning to arrive into dealer showrooms. Customers can also start the reservation process in advance at www.vw.com with a fully refundable $100 initial reservation fee plus a subsequent $400 vehicle deposit that is required to complete the reservation process.
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If anyone from VW is looking, I'd really like to see the data. How much charging time? Did the ID.4 ever get close to a full discharge for any of these legs which would indicate routes to be careful with? Were "normal" speeds driven? etc.
 

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If anyone from VW is looking, I'd really like to see the data. How much charging time? Did the ID.4 ever get close to a full discharge for any of these legs which would indicate routes to be careful with? Were "normal" speeds driven? etc.
I can't say for certain because I never watched but in my searching I believe I saw that there were regular videos posted on Youtube covering the segments. You might browse there for that information.
 

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If anyone from VW is looking, I'd really like to see the data. How much charging time? Did the ID.4 ever get close to a full discharge for any of these legs which would indicate routes to be careful with? Were "normal" speeds driven? etc.
Oh yeah it says it right there in their media release - a daily vlog!
 

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Maybe, on the way back, they could see some sights like Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and on to Minneapolis. I’d like to see how that turns out. 😁
A couple of years ago I ran into a Tesla driver who went to Yellowstone. It wasn't easy for him - he had to take a roundabout route, and I think even charge at a campground from a 14-50 outlet or maybe a L2. It is certainly a lot better for them now.

The image only shows Electrify America, of course. You should really look at plugshare - it will show you all sorts of other chargers, and you will be able to see a good number of chargers under construction in the area.
 

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Unfortunately that EA map shows large parts of the country that have no EA coverage. Several New England states have one or no EA stations. Hopefully that will change soon, but I am not holding my breath. The nearest EA charger to me is about 80 miles away and according to Plugshare that is also the closest DC fast charger I can find.
 
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Unfortunately that EA map shows large parts of the country that have no EA coverage. Several New England states have one or no EA stations. Hopefully that will change soon, but I am not holding my breath. The nearest EA charger to me is about 80 miles away and according to Plugshare that is also the closest DC fast charger I can find.
The nearest one to me is maybe 90 miles. But there are a few 50kW a lot closer. For me, DCFC is what makes it possible to take a longer road trip, so it isn't a huge issue.
 

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I did a similar trip in my diesel Golf back in 2011. It took 4 days and only 2 fill ups per day.
 

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Unfortunately that EA map shows large parts of the country that have no EA coverage. Several New England states have one or no EA stations. Hopefully that will change soon, but I am not holding my breath. The nearest EA charger to me is about 80 miles away and according to Plugshare that is also the closest DC fast charger I can find.
I agree with you.
 

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Here as sort of a counter-point is Kyle attempting to drive a Mach-E from Denver to LA. It did not go well - mostly charging issues while using EA. How much is Mach-E, and how much is EA? Hard to know right now. In part, he was fighting with plug-and-charge problems, but there were other issues as well.


I experienced something similar a few days ago. I plugged into an EA 350kW charger, and it went well for about 10 minutes. But then it faulted and stopped charging. When I attempted to restart charging, I was limited to about 31kW. No idea why - I had EA reboot the cabinet, but it didn't help. The only other working cabinet at that site was the 50kW one, but I didn't try that.
 

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A couple of years ago I ran into a Tesla driver who went to Yellowstone. It wasn't easy for him - he had to take a roundabout route, and I think even charge at a campground from a 14-50 outlet or maybe a L2. It is certainly a lot better for them now.

The image only shows Electrify America, of course. You should really look at plugshare - it will show you all sorts of other chargers, and you will be able to see a good number of chargers under construction in the area.
There are several charge points at the entrances of Yellowstone and several within the park. Most are clipper creek chargers all are level 2 chargers.
 

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I experienced something similar a few days ago. I plugged into an EA 350kW charger, and it went well for about 10 minutes. But then it faulted and stopped charging. When I attempted to restart charging, I was limited to about 31kW. No idea why
Interesting. I had two neighboring 350kw EA chargers refuse to charge on a short road trip. Moved over to the 150kw and it worked fine. To double check, I went to a local 350kw EA near my house and plugged in. It started the charge, but I unplugged within 5 minutes, so not a full test.

I heard someone else on another forum complain about the 350kw chargers with the ID.4. I'm hoping this is not a pattern. Wondering if anyone else is having issues. If so, might be good to collect stories.
 

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So many people are reporting problems with EA chargers that I plan on going to plugshare.com and reading the reviews on any charger that I want to rely on for a road trip. Thanks to all those who take the time to report both good and bad chargers on plugshare!
 

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So many people are reporting problems with EA chargers that I plan on going to plugshare.com and reading the reviews on any charger that I want to rely on for a road trip. Thanks to all those who take the time to report both good and bad chargers on plugshare!
The price of being an early adopter. I think these early hiccups will eventually smooth out.

I don't fast charge that often, but I try to leave reviews every time I do (good and bad). Also report these to EA. I had someone from EA actually call me back this week to get more info on the 350kw problems I had. They're certainly trying.
 

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So many people are reporting problems with EA chargers that I plan on going to plugshare.com and reading the reviews on any charger that I want to rely on for a road trip. Thanks to all those who take the time to report both good and bad chargers on plugshare!
Yep, I am planning to try and make a habit of always checking in and adding some detail in Plugshare every single time I use a public charger once I get my ID.4.
 

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Yep, I am planning to try and make a habit of always checking in and adding some detail in Plugshare every single time I use a public charger once I get my ID.4.
We are the accelerators of the electric future. The more data we feed back, the better the situation for those who follow in our footsteps.
Might be a little tedious, but it’s also exciting!
 
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