The 2022 VW ID.4 is a big deal for the company, marketed as its first all-electric SUV in the popular compact crossover segment and packing enough advertised range to satisfy the daily driving needs of most families. To sweeten the deal, VW has teamed up with Electrify Canada to provide three years of complimentary Level 3 charging to new ID.4 owners.
This news comes on the heels of an announcement from Electrify Canada about their expansion plans. While there are only 27 stations currently online wearing the EC branding, a strategy calls for more than 100 stations and a total of about 500 individual chargers by the end of 2025. The new builds will see the company expand its reach from 4 to 9 provinces, permitting a Halifax to Vancouver jaunt using the system.
Electrify Canada says their chargers are capable of pumping out 150kW or 300kW under ideal conditions, permitting an ID.4 to charge from 5 per cent to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes. That’s dependent on a myriad of factors, of course, including capacities of the local grid and wiring decisions made by whoever installed the thing. Nevertheless, more Level 3 chargers are never a bad thing, helping EV drivers spend more time on the road and less time twiddling their thumbs while waiting for electrons to file into their car’s battery.
“As Electrify Canada continues to expand its network across Canada and makes fast-charging more accessible, it’s even easier for consumers to make the transition to an EV,” said Robert Barrosa, senior director of sales, business development and marketing at Electrify Canada. Charging facilities are often cited as a barrier to entry for many EV customers, so this announcement should go a long way to overcoming those types of objections.
At present, there are a smattering of incentives on the table from manufacturers to address the perpetual question of charging, including Chevrolet who’ll front up to $1500 for electrical work towards installing a Level 2 charger in the homes of people who buy a new Bolt or Bolt EUV. Free on-the-go charging from VW might be even more attractive for some customers.
The base MSRP of a 2021 VW ID.4 will be $44,995 when it goes on sale in Canada later this year. This means it qualifies for a variety of government incentives, including federal bucks and provincial money where applicable. The machine has an estimated range of about 400km, comparing well with other EVs of its size, and is available in rear- or all-wheel drive. The first models should show up on Canadian dealer lots this autumn.