GM Authority has caught General Motors engineers putting the Volkswagen ID.4 through its paces at the GM Milford Proving Ground. Specifically, we caught the electric Volkswagen on the North-South straight of the facility.
VW debuted the all-new ID.4 all-electric crossover last September. The new electric crossover is a rival to the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV even though it is slightly bigger than the Chevy offering in nearly every dimension.
Volkswagen Group of America CEO Scott Keogh said the ID.4 “drives like a GTI, has the packaging of a Tiguan and the purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package.”
The new VW ID.4 is based on the German automaker’s latest modular electric drive architecture, or MEB, placing the electric drive motor in the rear of the vehicle. At launch, the ID.4 was offered with an 82-kWh battery pack and RWD, producing 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque with an estimated 260 miles of range. Next month, a dual-motor AWD model will be offered with 295 horsepower and 249 miles of range.
Pricing starts at $39,995 for the base model ID.4 Pro model, which does not include the potential $7,500 EV federal tax credit. Earlier this year, the ID.4 was named World Car of the Year 2021 – the fifth such award for Volkswagen.
The Bolt EUV features a single-motor drive unit rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with a 247-mile range. It starts at $33,000 and offers Super Cruise. The Bolt EV is also rated at the same 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with a 259-mile range and starts at $31,000. Incidentally, the Bolt EUV is slightly slower and offers slightly less range than the Bolt EV because it is bigger while using the same drivetrain.
As an aside, neither Bolt model qualifies for the federal tax credit like the ID.4 does because GM has already sold over 200,000 electric cars, the maximum assigned to each automaker.
Both the Bolt EUV and Bolt EV are the first of many electric vehicles to be launched by GM as it announced plans last year to eliminate tailpipe emissions from its new light-duty vehicles by 2035 and become fully carbon neutral by 2040. In fact, the Detroit-based automaker will increase its financial commitment to EVs and AVs by $7 billion and launch a total of 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025, according to GM CEO Mary Barra.
GM had previously set aside $20 billion for EV and AV investment and said it would launch 20 new EVs globally by 2023. This was before the COVID-19 pandemic, which drove GM to further increase its commitment to battery electric and self-driving vehicles. Barra said the company now plans to invest a total of $27 billion in EV and AVs through to 2025, helping it launch 30 EVs worldwide within the same timeframe – more than two-thirds of which will be available in North America.
The automaker says that with this move, more than half of its capital spending and product development team will be devoted to electric and electric-autonomous vehicle programs.
These 30 new EVs will include Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac products. GM said those models will also encompass EVs “at all price points,” and for various lifestyles and uses including work, adventure, performance, and family. More than 40 percent of GM’s U.S. portfolio will be battery-powered by the end of 2025.
As for the VW ID.4, we posit that GM is benchmarking it to see how it stacks up against an upcoming future Chevrolet, GMC or Buick crossover, rather than the Bolt EUV. Despite being all-new for the 2022 model year, the Bolt EUV utilizes the last-generation of GM’s battery electric platform and technologies called BEV2. Meanwhile, all next-gen GM electric vehicles will ride on the next-gen BEV3 platform and use more advanced Ultium batteries.