In the latest interview, Volkswagen’s CEO Ralf Brandstätter and member of the Board of Management Thomas Ulbrich have explained key strategic relationships referred to the ID.4.
VW’s first all-electric SUV is a global model, potentially successful, the simultaneous e-offensive and SUV-offensive of the brand.
The carmaker will build and sell the ID.4 in three major key regions – Europe, China and later the Unites States of America.
SUVs are in high demand and the most popular vehicle segment in the USA and China. In Europe and Germany, their market shares are steadily growing too, compact models are booming in particular.
The Volkswagen ID.4 clearly targets the volume market, as it offers space, flexibility and other advantages customers appreciate in sport utility vehicles.
Volkswagen expects to produce annually a total of 1.5 million e-cars by 2025. The ID.4 is likely to account for around 1/3 of this.
In addition, the VW ID.4 stands for clean, balance sheet CO2-free mobility. To ensure CO2-neutral production and delivery, Volkswagen completely restructured its Zwickau facility.
They use green electricity there, operate a highly efficient combined heat and power plan (will be operated with carbon dioxide-neutral gas in the long-term).
Unavoidable emissions are being compensated through climate protection projects.
The ID.4 marks the start of the global rollout of Volkswagen’s specially tailored Modular Electric Propulsion Platform (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten or MEB). This allows to expand competitiveness through growing economies of scale and synergies in production.
By 2029, the entire VW Group plans to build around 20 million electric vehicles on the MEB alone. The first MEB bearers – ID.3, ID.4, Škoda Enyaq, Audi Q4 e-tron, Cupra el-Born – are gradually coming onto the market.