Volkswagen is revamping its facilities, and after Zwickau, it is now upgrading its Emden plant to expand its production lines to add models like the ID.4.
The company will spend around €1 billion for the conversion of the Emden plant, which it says will be the most advanced plants in the industry. The production of ID.4 at this plant is set to start from 2022, and other all-electric models will follow later. However, unlike the Zwickau plant that will exclusively produce electric vehicles going forward (ID.3 & ID.4 are the first models to come from here), the Emden plant will continue manufacturing models like the Passat and Arteon for a few more years alongside the electric vehicles.
In the final stage of development of the factory, Volkswagen says that the plant will have a design production capacity of up to 300,000 EVs per year. CEO of the Volkswagen brand, Ralf Brandstätter said that Volkswagen is forcing the pace of system change with the conversion of the Emden plant that will become a cornerstone of the company’s electric strategy. A new factory hall measuring almost 50,000 sq.m is part of the plan to build only electric vehicles while the press and body shops will get expanded by 23,000 sq.m.
As the two-colour paintwork is a trademark of the ID range, a specialized painting hall with an area of 6,000 sq.m will also be constructed for painting the roofs of the electric vehicles black.
June 18 2020 –
Update – Photographs of the production version of the VW ID.4 have appeared in China, courtesy of local portals and the information ministry. The pictures show that the electric crossover will be offered in two versions in China – ID.4 Crozz and ID.4 X.
The VW ID.4 Crozz, which is the ‘global’ design has a length of 4,592 mm, width of 1,852 mm, height of 1,629 mm and has a wheelbase of 2,765 mm. The ID.4 X is 20 mm longer and 11 mm taller than the Crozz with 4,612 mm of length and 1,640 mm of height, while the width and wheelbase remain the same. The cars differ visually with the Chinese ID.4 X getting a slightly more aggressive design with the chrome grille element merging into the lamps, thicker bezel between the tail lamps and a different front and rear bumper design with larger cuts.
May 7, 2020 –
Following China, Volkswagen has also produced a few units of the ID.4 at its Zwickau plant in Germany. The unveil of the production ID.4 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis (as reported in the media) and what we have today are photos of test prototypes on the road or with wavy camouflage. However we have information on the electric SUV from someone who has experienced the car.
YouTube channel nextmove visited the German factory this month and has reported on the production plans from the plant. The host says:
I saw the ID.4 on the production line. With regards to the space available, it’s very convincing. Space wise it will be in the same category as the (Tesla) Model Y.
The ID.4 will be Volkswagen’s first global model of the ID family with production and sales happening in Europe, China and the United States (where the ID.3 is not scheduled to launch). The few units that are produced would be for testing before series production can begin.
There have also been reports that suggest the ID.4 will have a price tag starting from $40,000 that could prove to be quite competitive. Above’s the video from nextmove which got access into the Zwickau plant and the production of the ID.3.
April 10, 2020 –
In March, Volkswagen confirmed that it will be calling its electric crossover VW ID.4, the production model that was previewed by the VW ID Crozz concept. The company also issued a few images of the car in camouflage, announcing that the vehicle will be launched in the global market later this year.
ID.4 production on track in China; spotted by EVW follower in Germany
Volkswagen said this week that it is on track to start series production of its electric cars in China in the second half of 2020. All 2,000 Volkswagen showrooms are open again in China and have reported strong customer interest, while almost all of VW Group plants have resumed production, following a prolonged shutdown due to the severe outbreak of the Coronavirus. The MEB-based electric cars will be produced in partnership with SAIC and FAW in separate joint ventures, each having a production capacity of 300,000 units per year. The VW-SAIC plant is expected to start production by October 2020, and Volkswagen has already confirmed that the VW ID.Next (the Chinese edition of the VW ID.4) and the VW ID.3 would be the first models to enter production.
While the pictures of a cleverly camouflaged Volkswagen ID.4 taken by EVW supporter Wosch from Germany at the VW Forum Drive held in Berlin recently are below, the new photos (above) are from our follower Dirk Schreiber from Germany. The ID.4 (and the ID.3) is at the core of Volkswagen’s ambition to sell 1.5 million electric vehicles annually within 5 years. The ‘ID’ brand is leading Volkswagen’s plans for large-scale electrification and will offer electric cars that are priced lower compared to comparable IC-engined vehicles and costing significantly less to run. Volkswagen has said that its MEB platform will generate electric cars in all key segments for the brand by 2022.
Based on the MEB platform, the VW ID.4 gets a generous wheelbase that would comfortably seat five adults. You can notice LED light bars connecting the head- and tail-lamps, pronounced pockets on the bumper and mesh pattern on the bumper for an inoffensive look.
VW ID.4 – Expected features, specification & price
Back to the VW ID.4, it would be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive layouts, with the former finalized as the launch configuration. To attain a low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution, the ID.4 has its high-voltage battery pack placed at the center of its underbody.
The electric crossover-SUV will benefit from a fully-digital cockpit, “operated primarily by using touch surfaces and intelligent, intuitive voice control.” The company has confirmed that the ID.4 will have up to 500 km (310 miles) of travel range in the WLTP cycle. The company will build and sell the ID.4 in USA, Europe and China, and is part of the EV onslaught at Volkswagen which has an ambition of selling 1.5 million electric cars a year by 2025. VW India should likely source the ID.4 from the European factory where the RHD spec will be manufactured.
There is no indication of the price, but positioned above the VW ID.3, the ID.4 should target the Tesla Model Y that has just launched in the USA, and the Mustang Mach-E that comes out later this year. Considering its competition, expect the ID.4 in the USD 40K-45k price range in the USA. One would consider that the Kia ‘CV’ electric car based on the Imagine concept vehicle that is due next year with a 500 km range would be a fierce competitor.
VW ID.4 – The Indian connection
Volkswagen will be introducing four new SUVs in India in the next two years that will include the new Tiguan All-Space, T-Roc and Taigun. At the first Volkswagen Media Night India in February, Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales, Marketing and After Sales of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, confirmed that the production Volkswagen ID Crozz will be launched in India within 2 years. EVW understands that the company could launch the product in the second half of 2021 in select metro cities of India. The company has no plans for ‘desi’ electric vehicles and the MQB A0-IN will not be repurposed for electric vehicles.
VW ID Crozz – The forerunner
The ID Crozz, presented at the Auto Expo 2020, is based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, powered by 83 kWh lithium-ion battery driving two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axles. The front motor makes 101 hp and the rear motor makes 201 hp for a combined power of 302 hp.