As other carmakers have entered the electric vehicle market, Volkswagen remains on the sidelines. However, the German automaker finally revealed its ID. concepts in 2016. Then in 2020, the ID.3, Volkswagen’s first electric vehicle, became a reality.
How Do Volkswagen EVs Measure Up to Competitors?
The electric Volkswagen line stands to become a solid competitor in the EV market (Tesla Model 3). The line’s price and performance reflect the global shift in preference toward EVs. VW’s electric vehicles are affordable, perform well, and have an eye-catching design.
Despite some early performance hiccups, Volkswagen’s ID. line flourished after the first year. According to CNN, interest in the ID. line was so high that Volkswagen presently has a backlog of 300,000 preorders. Not only that, but VW’s EV sales increased by 65% in the first quarter of 2022.
What Electric Vehicles Does Volkswagen Offer?
As of June 2022, Volkswagen has five EVs on the market. Here’s an overview of each available model.
Released in 2019, the ID.3 is a c-segment hatchback. The ID.3 was the first model to use Volkswagen’s MEB platform. This platform would come to be the basis for all of Volkswagen’s electric vehicles.
This model has a 58-kilowatt battery and approximately 261 miles to a single charge. There are two charging options, depending on which variant you purchase. You’ll receive an L1 charger with the ID.3, with the option of buying an L2 for rapid charging.
The ID.4 is VW’s crossover rear-wheel-drive electric hatchback. In early 2021, the automaker began deliveries to the North American market. Of the ID. 4’s performance, CEO Scott Keogh claims it’s the perfect mix of GTI, Tiguan, and Beetle.
Volkswagen debuted the ID.4 in September 2020 in Europe with a touted range of 260 miles. The ID.4 offers 146-168 horsepower, depending on which package you choose. With an L1 charger, you’ll get a full charge overnight. It also has an optional L2 charger for rapid charging. To learn more about charging the ID.4, check out this useful YouTube video.
The ID.5 is VW’s coupe version of the ID.4. Production of the ID.5 began in January 2022 in the European market. Volkswagen offers the ID.5 in three variants:
- Pro Performance
The ID.5 GTX deviates from the ID. 4’s RWD motor and instead boasts an AWD option. The ID.5 has a sloping roof that provides a sportier look but less cargo space than its larger sibling. It’s a bit more powerful than the ID.4, offering 172-295 horsepower. An L1 charger comes standard, but you can purchase an L2 if you want a faster charging option.
Volkswagen’s ID.6 is a mid-size crossover SUV currently available to the Chinese market. Revealed in 2021, the ID.6 offers dual and rear-motors with RWD and AWD, respectively.
The ID.6 Crozz variant uses 177 horsepower, while the ID.6 X can reach 302 horsepower. It’s currently the largest ID model available, but as of 2022, it’s only available in China.
The ID.Buzz is an electric reincarnation of the classic VW Bus of the 60s and 70s. According to current CEO Herbert Diess, consumers showed a massive positive response when VW unveiled the design. The ID.Buzz went to market in Europe in early 2022.
The 198-horsepower minivan is slated to hit the North American markets in 2024. The only version of the ID.Buzz the US will see is the long-wheelbase version. Currently, there’s no charging information available for the ID.Buzz. However, it’ll likely use the same chargers as the rest of the ID line.
What Is Volkswagen’s EV Fuel Economy and MPGe?
One of the most appealing aspects of the electric Volkswagen’s ID line is the impressive range per charge each vehicle gets. Here’s a quick breakdown of the mileage you should expect from each car.
- 3 – 261 miles
- 4 – 260 miles
- 5 – 313 miles
- 6 – 271 miles
- Buzz – 260 miles
With a broad range of EVs available and more to come, there’s a lot to learn about the Volkswagen electric vehicles. Here are some of the most common questions.
Does Volkswagen have a fully electric car?*
Volkswagen’s ID line consists only of vehicles that run on electricity. Currently, there are five models available in various countries. In addition, several new models are in pre-production.
Does Volkswagen have an electric SUV?
Volkswagen has two electric crossover SUVs. The ID.4 and ID.6 are both crossovers. The ID.4 is available in multiple countries, but the ID.6 is only available in China.
How much will the Volkswagen EV cost?
Volkswagen’s EVs range in price from $39,000-$55,000. The most inexpensive model is the ID.3, which is only available in Europe and China. The ID.Buzz currently hits the top of the range at $55,000.
Which Volkswagen models are electric?
Currently, Volkswagen’s electric vehicles are limited to the ID line. However, VW offers versions of the Golf and Passat as hybrid options. According to Reuters, Volkswagen’s goal is to make 50% of its global output electric.