Intro to Electric Vehicles

Common Misconceptions about Electric Vehicles

If you’re reading about electric vehicles (EVs), chances are you’ve got a question or two. Maybe you’re even considering buying one. So, it’s time to talk about the ways in which EVs get a bad rap. Likely, the things you’ve heard are about the EVs of the past–with short range, golf-cart-like exteriors, and low power.

Below, we’re busting some myths about EVs to clear a path for the future of Electric Vehicles.
“But EVs have no power!”
This one is one of the biggest myths of all, and most definitely false. Since the electric motor in our EVs is able to deliver power right to the wheels, acceleration is instant. No revving of the motor is needed to get up to speed. EV drivers know this is one of the best-kept secrets of ownership. Plus, our AWD model is even more powerful with a second electric motor.
“But EVs are ugly.”
We beg to differ. The streamlined look of an EV is intentional and purposeful. The aerodynamic design reduces the drag coefficient. Or, in non-gearhead terms, the sleek lines mean you’re boosting your range and maxing out your speed potential. Plus, the VW EV has the striking design of an SUV.
“But EVs are so utilitarian.”
We won’t dispute that these vehicles get the job done. That’s why they’re so beloved by people who place a premium on zero emissions without sacrificing performance. But the moment you sit in the cockpit and see the high-tech features like an expansive glass roof, premium leatherette seats, and wireless phone charging and app-connect—all within a spacious interior—you’ll wonder why you didn’t go EV sooner. Plus, it’s on and ready when you are—no push button start needed.
“But EVs are impossible to charge on the road.”
America’s EV infrastructure is growing by the day. It’s easy to pop in a route and see what’s available on your daily commute, but it’s just as easy (and exciting) to see what’s available on road trips. Plus, fast charging means you can get 5% to 80% charge in about 38 mins at a public DC fast charger⁠(1).
“But no mechanic will be able to fix it.”
Because there are so few parts under the hood of an EV, there’s less to maintain and no oil changes ever. Plus, our expansive VW dealership network can work on it.
“But EVs are so expensive.”
When people think this, they’re typically imagining either the EVs of the past or high-priced ones. Compared to either of those scenarios, we think you’ll be pleased by the price of our new lineup, starting at a MSRP of $39,995(2) for the Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle model. Plus, new owners will receive potential federal and state tax incentives⁠(3) for their purchase or lease of a new Volkswagen EV. Pair that with low maintenance needs and that the ID.4 can provide as much as $4,000 in estimated fuel cost savings over 5 years compared to the average gas vehicle(⁠4) and they’re not so expensive after all.

The future of electric is here.

The Volkswagen ID.4 EV is truly something to behold. With a striking, aerodynamic road presence and a spacious, comfortable interior, it’ll transform how you think about electric cars. Best of all? You can reserve it right now.

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(1) ID.4 equipped with fast charging capability maximum rate of 125kW. Based on charging at a 125kW or higher charger. Charging times will vary and depend on a variety of factors, including ambient temperature, charger type, battery condition and initial state of charge, vehicle condition and others. Frequent and consecutive fast charging can permanently decrease battery capacity.
(2) Starting MSRP of $39,995 for a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with single-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
(3) The potential tax credit/incentives referenced are for informational purposes only. The ID.4 has not yet been certified as credit eligible by the IRS. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. Any available credits or incentives apply only on the purchase of a qualifying vehicle and are not available in a lease transaction. All persons considering use of available tax credits or incentives should consult a tax advisor or expert to determine eligibility based on their specific situation. Tax credits and incentives are subject to various limitations not within Volkswagen’s control and are subject to change without notice.
(4) Claim based on driving 15,000 miles per year, using EPA fuel economy estimates for ID.4 and EPA assumptions for MY21 vehicles of $2.70 per gallon of gasoline, $0.13 kW-hr for electric charging and an average gasoline vehicle fuel economy of 27 MPG Combined City/Highway. Assumes home charging of ID.4. Actual savings, if any, will vary and depend on several factors including location, driving and charging habits, fuel price fluctuations, temperature and topography, accessory use, battery age, load, and vehicle condition.
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