Volkswagen Educates U.S. Consumers About EVs Ahead Of ID.4 Debut

Reading tons of EV news, we can easily forget that there are millions of potential customers that don’t know answers to basic EV questions.

The North American division of Volkswagen has released an article titled “Everything you wanted to know about EVs (but might be afraid to ask)” to help understand electric vehicles for those who are on the fence about whether an electric vehicle may be right for them.

The educational post comes just “weeks” ahead of the unveiling of the Volkswagen ID.4 – the first MEB-based EV for the North American market (it will first be imported from Germany, and then produced in Chattanooga, U.S.).

As we always appreciate efforts to expand the plug-in market, we present here the Q&A, from four topics: Owning, Charging, Driving and Saving.


Why should I buy an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles have zero direct emissions from driving and can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional vehicles. Researchers suggest that there may be no way to combat global warming without millions of electric vehicles worldwide. They’re fun to drive and quiet on the road, plus you can recharge them at home. They are also far more efficient at using energy compared to liquid fuel vehicles, which waste about two-thirds of their fuel as heat and friction.

Simply put: Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation.

Why can’t I buy one today?

In the United States, EV supplies have mostly been limited either to specific states or to luxury vehicles. Volkswagen aims to change that starting with the ID.4 electric compact SUV, the first of a line of EVs it plans to launch in the United States over the next several years. These vehicles will be what Volkswagens have always been – affordable and fun to drive.

Why is Volkswagen building so many EVs?

The Volkswagen Group has pledged to make its global business carbon neutral by 2050, and electric vehicles will help make that possible. By 2025, the Group plans to build about 1.5 million electric vehicles a year worldwide – including at its U.S. factory in Chattanooga.

Are they as safe as regular vehicles?

Yes. All Volkswagen vehicles are subjected to intense safety testing. They must meet rigorous safety standards and crash tests required by law, and often exceed these standards.

Aren’t the batteries in EVs just versions of what I have in my phone or laptop?
While most electronics use some form of lithium-ion battery today, the chemistry and design of an EV battery is quite different than those used in consumer electronics.

The battery in my phone only lasts a few years. Will I have to replace the battery in my EV?

EV batteries in vehicles are not designed to be replaced like those in phones, and it’s rare for an EV owner to face that issue. EVs are designed to provide a certain amount of power for many years of ownership. While all batteries can lose charging capacity over time, Volkswagen EVs have several strategies to help combat that process, from liquid cooling to energy reserves. For example, the Volkswagen e-Golf came with an eight-year or 100,000-mile (whichever occurs first) limited warranty on the battery pack.

Volkswagen ID.4 charging