Demand for the ID.4 was so high that VW's reservation website kept crashing.
Volkswagen's long-awaited electric SUV, the ID.4, made its triumphant debut this week. A successor to the ID.3 hatchback, Volkswagen's second fully electric model is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque, while a 82-kWh battery provides a range of 250 miles based on the EPA cycle.
As VW's first fully electric model available in America, demand was always going to be high. As soon as the ID.4 debuted, reservations went live online, but VW clearly underestimated the demand. Users on the VW ID Talk forum trying to reserve one found that demand was so high that the reservation website couldn't cope with the high volumes of traffic and crashed.
This was a frustrating situation for early adopters that led to VW issuing an apology on social media. "Phew! We're flattered. Appreciate the interest in the #ID4 - you guys broke our site! We're rebooting and will respond when we're back up," VW wrote on Twitter. At the time of writing, the reservation website is back online. But if you were hoping to reserve the limited ID.4 1st Edition, you're out luck because it sold out in less than 24 hours.
Starting at $43,995, the ID.4 1st Edition comes with the Statement and Gradient packages as standard, as well as accelerator and brake pedals with "play" and "pause" logos.
An Electric White finish is applied to the steering wheel and column, radio bezel, and door island and there's also special badging, black mirror caps, and a tow hitch. Those who were lucky enough to place a reservation will receive delivery of the ID.4 1st Edition later this year.
The regular ID.4 Pro, on the other hand, will launch in Q1 2021 with a starting price of $39,995. Later next year, VW will also launch a more powerful AWD variant with 302 hp, which will cost $43,695. All prices exclude a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.