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This morning I took delivery of our Pro S Gradient. As an ICE driver for 59 years it is quite a change. Slowly we will transition from what we knew to what we will learn. It is a very nice automobile. Rides and handles well like a VW should.

ID.4 left Germany on March 29th, arrived in Houston April 18th and delivered to us on 4/29.

Now to suffer through the manual.
 

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Congrats! Enjoy the adventure of your new electric car.
(good luck with that manual ;) )
 

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That's so encouraging to hear you made the jump. My parents, in their 70s, like the two EVs I've brought home but are full of excuses, "the range isn't enough,' "what if there's an earthquake," "what happens when the batteries wear out," "just give me a hybrid."

On the flip side, my 90 year old father-in-law is constantly singing the praises of these smooth, silent electric chariots he being hauled around in. It's almost too much, but it still puts a smile on my face that he's able to appreciate this great tech.
 

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We are well below our 90's! Our last two cars were a 2013 Ford C-Max and a 2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid. The Malibu has 83.000 trouble free 42 mpg miles. We are excited about being on the cusp of a transportation revolution. My first car was a brand new 1965 green Beetle. Squareback, 9 passenger Vanagon and a Rabbit followed. I just hope this ID.4 brings us as much luck as did our Beetle. $1,965 out the door in 1965!
 

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Welcome to a new generation of VW. I rode in my first Beetle in the late 50's. Worked for a VW dealer while in grad school, and now own an ID4 at 75! I have just had mine for a week, but feel it is the best vehicle I have owned. I am fortunate in that I am only 10 minutes from an EA station, so I do not have to use my home level 2 charger much.
 

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Welcome to a new generation of VW. I rode in my first Beetle in the late 50's. Worked for a VW dealer while in grad school, and now own an ID4 at 75! I have just had mine for a week, but feel it is the best vehicle I have owned. I am fortunate in that I am only 10 minutes from an EA station, so I do not have to use my home level 2 charger much.
Charging often at a DCFC will accelerate the capacity loss of your traction battery,
 

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I see that quoted, but have not seen any real statistics supporting it!
\It is kind of variable - depends on the battery chemistry, the rate of charge, and how good the cooling system is. Nissan Leafs have degraded terribly with fast charging - losing up to ~50% of capacity in hundreds of charge cycles. Tesla has denied warranty claims for what they deigned to be "excessive" fast charging.

You could monitor the battery temp when you fast charge to use that to predict the degradation if you know what chemistry the ID.4 uses.
 

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Charging often at a DCFC will accelerate the capacity loss of your traction battery,
I am rapidly approaching 75 and am still a sort of tech geek. When I got into our ID.4 yesterday at the VW store it was almost an out of body experience. After getting it home, reading the manual, watching videos and "messing" with the controls and settings I am firmly back in my body. We chose to lease this time because in three years the technology and range should greatly improve.
 

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My range requirements are pretty binary - a car's range is either adequate or not, and exceeding the requirement has little discriminator value for me in an evaluation matrix. I also don't expect range to increase significantly in cars 3 years from now - I see achievable anode charge density improvements of ~15-20% over commercial batteries in the current battery literature. Manufacturers may also use that to drive cost down and not increase range for non-premium new cars.

My new ID.4 does have many more things than my previous 8 year-old EV in one area - software bugs!
I hope that my next car has fewer. If it had more, then it would not be driveable.
 
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