The cross-country road trip took 18 days and required over 30 charges.
Since the Volkswagen ID.4 arrived in dealers last month, initial sales have been encouraging. In its first month, VW sold 472 ID.4 units. To put that into perspective, Ford sold three units of the Mustang Mach-E when it first went on sale last December, followed by 238 units in January.
It's a strong start, but VW still has a lot of work to convince first-time EV buyers to ditch their combustion-powered car. Thanks to range anxiety fears, many drivers are still reluctant to buy an electric car. To prove that this a thing of the past, VW took the ID.4 on an extended cross-country road trip across America last month.
Starting in New York, the team crossed the US in 18 days, finishing the road trip in Sacramento, California, and covering over 6,700 miles. "We proved exactly what we set out to do with this drive, which was to show that with a little planning, covering long distances in an EV can be easy," said Dustin Krause, Director of e-Mobility at Volkswagen of America.
"We met so many people on the road and were able to show off the ID.4 to the US, just as deliveries are starting to happen at dealerships. The ID.4 performed flawlessly and we're hoping this trip reiterates that electric vehicles and EV charging networks are ready for the masses."
VW's journey included stops in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Cleveland, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, Marfa, El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, Joshua Tree, LA, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. During the 6,700-mile trip, the ID.4 was charged at 32 Electrify America charging stations.
It was also charged overnight at several hotels. On a single charge, the RWD Volkswagen ID.4 will cover up to 250 miles according to the EPA, though this falls short of its main rival, the Tesla Model Y Long Range, which has a range of 326 miles.
Deliveries of the VW ID.4 are already underway, with pricing starting at $39,995.