The VW electric revolution has reached American assembly lines. In July, production kicked off on the new Volkswagen ID.4 at the automaker’s production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This marks the first WV EV built in the United States — but certainly not the last.
Volkswagen plans to ramp production of the all-electric ID.4 up to 7,000 units a month by the end of the year. Output should only increase through 2023 — just like we expect the popularity of this fun-to-drive, affordable electric vehicle to skyrocket.
This EV is a true American product. Not only is it built in Tennessee, but most of its components and materials are sourced from states like Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, and the Carolinas. Volkswagen has helped create some 3,000 supplier jobs by bringing production of the ID.4 to America.
“When we promised to bring Volkswagen EVs to the millions, it always included American workers building those EVs right here in Chattanooga,” said Volkswagen Chairman Thomas Schäfer. “We couldn’t be prouder to see that vision realized today with our ID.4 electric flagship rolling off the lines.”
VW will continue to grow its EV lineup through 2022, and that means exciting developments to come. By 2024, you can expect to see an all-electric fastback sedan and the road-trip, van-life-ready ID.Buzz rolling into Lewisville Volkswagen in Lewisville, Texas. To learn more about what VW has coming down the pike, contact our team and we’ll keep you in the loop.
The future is arriving at Lewisville Volkswagen — and in style. VW has been rolling out its ID. lineup of all-electric models, which have been steadily arriving at our dealership in Lewisville, Texas. The latest electric car being produced with the VW badge? The Volkswagen ID. AERO.
The ID. AERO show car is a midsize sedan that serves as a concept model for the automaker’s forthcoming production model. In other words, this one-off car is a preview of the futuristic finesse that the production-version ID. AERO will bear.
You’ll immediately notice how sleek the ID. AERO is compared to other VW sedans we sell at Lewisville Volkswagen. That’s because designers shaped this sedan with aerodynamics as the top priority. The sloping, elongated roofline, gently rounded angles, and extended wheelbase let the ID. AERO cut through the wind with little resistance.
What does that mean for the average driver in Lewisville? Excellent efficiency with greater range on a full charge. Early predictions set the total range capability of a fully charged ID. AERO at 385 miles. Imagine how far you can drive in Texas before needing to stop and plug in the battery!
We can’t wait until the ID. AERO finishes production and becomes available for purchase here at Lewisville Volkswagen. Contact our car dealership if you’re one of the drivers near Dallas-Fort Worth who’s interested in buying or leasing an electric Volkswagen sedan.
 Predicted range for completion of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) cycles on a rolling road test bed (not in series-production condition). WLTP range values for production vehicles may vary depending on equipment. The actual range achieved under real conditions varies depending on the driving style, speed, use of comfort features or auxiliary equipment, outside temperature, number of passengers/load, and topography.
When Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept electric vehicle, which was clearly inspired by the iconic second-generation Volkswagen Bus of the 1960s and 70s, it was met to near-universal acclaim. Now, VW says it plans to make a production version of its electric prototype, which will go on sale in the U.S. in 2022.
“Our goal is clear: we want to make the fully electric, fully connected car a bestseller around the world,” said Volkswagen chairman Dr. Herbert Diess. “The iconic car of the electric age must be a Volkswagen.”
The future electric VW Bus, like the brand’s other I.D. concepts, will ride on the new Modular Electric Drive platform, which is designed to maximize the potential of future electrification technologies. Though it’s informally known as a bus because of its exterior design, the I.D. Buzz concept is more like a stylish minivan or SUV with exceptionally flexible interior arrangements.
It has three rows of ultra-configurable seats, including front seats that can be turned to face the back of the vehicle. This is made possible by a fold-away steering wheel, which is just one of many innovations introduced by the I.D. Buzz concept. Other features include pop-up laser scanners in the roof and an augmented reality-enabled head-up display.
Whenever the I.D. Buzz goes into production, you can count on finding it at Lewisville Volkswagen in Lewisville, Texas.
When Stella Konietzko, a doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Braunschweig, wanted to investigate ways that lithium, cobalt, steel, and aluminum could be recovered, she invited Volkswagen Group to participate in the project. After years of research surrounding lithium ion recycling protocols, the project group selected the LithoRec process, which is being tested as part of Volkswagen’s pilot program.
As part of the circular economy, components of lithium ion batteries can be recovered and used to make new batteries. Volkswagen aims to recycle these raw materials, as well as reuse the batteries elsewhere after their first life cycles are complete. Since a normal car life cycle is between 200,000 to 300,000 kilometers, the battery can still be useful later on.
The pilot program at Volkswagen’s Salzgitter factory represents the start of a process that is economically and ecologically sustainable. This project will ultimately provide Lewisville Volkswagen and our customers with better, cleaner, and more efficient vehicles in the future.
Volkswagen’s new all-electric SUV is a game changer for the future of electric vehicles. On top of its many unique features, one thing that makes the Volkswagen ID.4 stand out is how it uses regenerative braking by applying a coasting function.
The concept of regenerative braking is common in electric vehicles. When a driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal, the system detects the loss of pressure, triggering the recovery of electricity and automatic deceleration. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 functions differently.
Volkswagen designed the ID.4’ braking system to function similarly to a standard gas-powered vehicle. When a driver moves their foot from the right pedal, instead of applying regenerative braking, the ID.4 will coast. The ID.4 does still feature regenerative braking, although it activates when the left or brake pedal is used. This gives the driver a feeling of deceleration similar to that of a gas vehicle.
Volkswagen created the ID.4’s coasting and braking function like this in order to make the driving experience more predictable. By emphasizing predictability, familiarity, and driver comfort, the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will power the way for electric vehicles in the future by normalizing the experience.
With the electric Volkswagen ID.4 now hitting the market and many more EVs on the way, VW is setting itself up to have an impressive EV lineup in the future. To make this lineup possible, VW has announced that an array of new EV infrastructure developments are on the way.
Volkswagen Group of America’s Chief Operating Officer, Johan de Nysschen, said, “It’s important that the infrastructure supporting our products continues to grow in the U.S. as we aim to deliver more vehicles designed in the market, for the market at the right time and at the right price.”
At the VW Innovation and Engineering Center California facility located in Silicon Valley, the automaker will install a sizeable charge park. Up to 51 EVs will be able to charge here at one time, making the facility one of the largest charge parks in the Bay Area.
VW is also working to create a new battery engineering lab at the VW Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Once the lab is finished, this facility will become the central hub for the production of VW EVs in North America. Additional EV-based expansions will take place at facilities in Arizona, Virginia, and other states.
If you’d like to learn more about the latest VW vehicles or find one for yourself, check out our current inventory at Lewisville Volkswagen.