The "Building an Electric Future" space just got a new centerpiece.
If you've ever wanted a super deep dive on Volkswagen's new ID.4 electric crossover, your chance is now at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The 2021 ID.4 joins the Pete's "Building an Electric Future" exhibit that "celebrates Volkswagen's rich and impactful history, both globally and locally, and showcases the design and construction of the vehicles of tomorrow."
"'Building an Electric Future' gives a behind the scenes look at making the new age of electric and autonomous mobility happen," said Klaus Zyciora, Head of Design, Volkswagen Group. "It shows varying perspectives from the point of view of the designer, the manufacturer, and the consumer."
We're big fans of the Petersen Museum. During the pandemic it made coloring books available to kids, and even now it's opening its doors to first responders and their families. The VW electric exhibit will join "Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection," an exhibit on Chip Ganassi racing, and a new supercar section.
The Electric Future exhibit has five rooms showing how Volkswagen's modular electric drive matrix, or MEB platform, was created, the variety of models built, the flexible nature of the platform and how vehicles will be assembled. Wait, is this a factory tour or an art exhibit?
Each room will feature multimedia displays where "visitors have a variety of engaging ways to visualize new challenges faced by modern automakers and explore what driving will look like in the future." The final room will now feature the ID.4 and let visitors look inside.
We just test drove the 2021 VW ID.4, and found its base output of 201 hp and 228 lb-ft adequate (a GTI it is not) and its handling surprisingly spry due to its low center of gravity. It's also spacious, comfortable and dare we say, kind of cool looking? VW says it is the company's most important vehicle since the Beetle, and we find it hard to disagree. At any rate, if you want to see it in the flesh today, go to the Petersen website and by tickets ahead of time. It's the only way you can get in.
"The 'Building an Electric Future' exhibit is a prime example of the future of mobility through the eyes of the world's largest automobile manufacturer," said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. "We are proud to present this exhibit with Volkswagen and ignite a conversation about the impact of an electrified future. We hope it inspires museum guests to think critically about the cars of tomorrow and the challenges manufacturers are facing to design them."