The carmaker will take a $100 refundable deposit for the all-electric ID.4 crossover starting from next month.
The Volkswagen ID.4 with up to 310 miles of range is the first vehicle on the new MEB platform to arrive in America. The first U.S. customer deliveries of the ID.4s begin by the end of 2020.
When the online reservation system goes live in late September, a potential buyer will be able to configure and reserve a vehicle by making the $100 deposit, and then to track the status via the My VW portal.
The next step to purchase an ID.4 is to pay additional $400 at request, when the vehicle’s configuration is sent to a dealer the customer has chosen.
The entire $500 deposit is refundable all the way during the purchase process. The final stage of buying the VW ID.4 is when the owner goes to the dealership to contact a trained specialist directly and to finalize the purchase.
Volkswagen will build the ID.4 at Zwickau plant in Germany. The vehicles for the U.S. market will begin rolling off the assembly line at the automaker’s Chattanooga facility in Tennessee in 2022.
The company plans to open a North American center for testing EV batteries and chassis at Chattanooga by next spring. The ID 4’s estimated starting price is $35,000.