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The Volkswagen ID.4 is becoming a cornerstone of the German automaker’s electric future. The electric SUV has been a success. What on earth does its name mean?

What does the VW ID.4 name mean?

Let’s break down the VW ID.4’s name. The “ID.” portion of the name stands for intelligent design, identity, and visionary technologies. The “4” just identifies the model as an SUV. There are other Volkswagen ID models, but the ID.4 designation is specifically for the automaker’s electric SUV. The name is much catchier in its condensed form, right?

The “ID.4” name may not be as captivating as other electric SUV names (Mach-E, etc.), but Volkswagen lets its EV’s quality speak for itself. The electric SUV is already making a name for itself in the EV space because it is practical, affordable, and comfortable.

The Volkswagen ID.4 rivals popular electric SUV models like the Tesla Model Y and the popular Ford Mustang Mach-E. The SUV vehicle segment is currently the most popular vehicle segment in America. As the industry shifts to producing more electric vehicles, electric SUVs are becoming popular fast. By 2030 many automakers plan to have EVs account for 40% of total lineups. This means that electric SUVs aren’t going anywhere and will only get more popular as time goes by.

The year 2022 is a pivotal time for electric SUV nameplates as consumers look for the best, most popular model. Top automakers like Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, and many more have already either teased or released electric SUV nameplates. Volkswagen’s goal is to push the ID.4 to be the most popular vehicle in this new emerging segment.

How long does it take to get a VW ID.4?

A blue 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV | Volkswagen

Unfortunately for Americans, Volkswagen doesn’t produce the ID.4 in America yet. All ID.4 electric SUVs on American soil travel via cargo ship from Europe. The VW ID.4 sold well in 2021, and VW may feel inclined to begin producing the EV in the U.S. in the near future.

The journey from Europe to the U.S. takes at least a month, so American ID.4 reservations can take some time. Very few EVs are actually produced in America. Tesla recently opened its Texas Gigafactory to address this issue.

Does the Volkswagen ID.4 qualify for a tax credit?

A 2022 blue Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is parked.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

How Much Does it Cost to Charge the Volkswagen ID.4?

The United States federal government offers electric vehicle tax incentives for Americans who purchase eligible electric vehicles. The government rolled out this initiative to make EVs more appealing to consumers while allowing automakers to maintain healthy profit margins on electric vehicles. This initiative will be gradually phased out after automakers sell a certain amount of EVs.

According to, 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 models are eligible for the full $7,500 tax credit. The 2021 model year starts at $39,995. After the tax credit is redeemed, its price is closer to $32,495.