The ID.4 nailed its range estimates, as the EPA—notorious for cutting big slices of range out of EVs—has confirmed that it will be able to achieve 250 miles per charge.

The number is, of course, what Volkswagen predicted, but that hasn’t always been the case. Porsche’s Taycan, for instance, is rated at 279 miles of range in Europe, but at less than 200, according to the EPA.

Fortunately, VW appears to have figured out how to play the EPA’s game and with energy consumption of 347 Watt-hours per mile—a measure of the amount of electricity consumed per mile of driving, kind of like MPG—which is pretty good.


The ID.4 doesn’t quite keep up with the Tesla Model Y, but does cost a lot less. Their MSRPs are $10,000 apart and with only federal tax incentives (for which Tesla no longer qualifies) the price gap rises to nearly $18,000. The Kia Niro EV, which costs roughly the same (~$38,000) gets a range estimate of 239 miles, though it’s slightly more efficient at 301 Wh/mi.

Volkswagen’s electric chassis is shaping up pretty well. When it arrives—reportedly in March 2021 now—the ID.4 should be a solid competitor in the class. According to VW’s estimates, with federal and state incentives, the ID.4 could cost less than the ICE competition despite being bigger, faster, and more high tech.