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The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 provides incredible value. The VW ID.4 is a force to be reckoned with in Europe. It outsold the popular Telsa Model Y small electric SUV in many areas. Volkswagen has a unique approach to sourcing EV batteries. The company is using two of the largest EV battery suppliers and giving consumers options. Which Volkswagen ID.4 battery should drivers choose?

Volkswagen offers two different ID.4 battery options

A red 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

There are two different ID.4 battery options available for the small electric SUV: the SK ON battery and the LG battery. Both batteries are used by popular electric vehicles. Hyundai uses an SK ON battery to power the popular Hyundai Ioniq 5. General Motors patterned with LG to develop batteries for EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV (though that partnership may not last much longer, according to CNBC). So, what’s the big difference, if any, between the two types of batteries?

Before we go into the specifics of how each battery performs in the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4, let’s discuss the role the battery suppliers have played in the success of other automakers. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was named the World Car of the Year in 2022. Thus far, there have been little to no registered complaints about the Ioniq 5’s powertrain system and its SK ON battery.

LG’s history of producing reliable electric vehicle batteries is very different. The Chevy Bolt caught the attention of the industry when it first hit the scene. It’s an affordable American-made electric vehicle that made early EVs seem practical enough to trust… until they weren’t. General Motors had to recall all electric vehicles using LG batteries because of overheating issues. There have even been issues of GM electric vehicles becoming engulfed in flames because of these battery problems. So, that’s something to keep in mind when choosing which battery you want in your Volkswagen ID.4.

Now you may be wondering why offer LG batteries at all if they’re unreliable? After GM’s mass recall of the Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV, the company reintroduced both models with new LG batteries. Only time will tell whether or not these batteries are reliable.

Which 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 battery should you pick?

Now that you know the history of SK ON and LG electric vehicle batteries, let’s get into what the batteries are capable of in the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4. The VW ID.4 standard base model uses an SK ON battery, and it can travel for 209 miles. The Volkswagen ID.4 Pro uses an LG battery and can travel for a whopping 275 miles of range.

Suddenly the choice between VW ID.4 trims and battery options becomes a lot tougher. So, what’s the safest bet?

The Volkswagen ID.4 Standard with SK ON battery is the best choice for drivers that are worried about reliability. The LG battery models may offer more range, but the possibility of recalls, overheating, or immobility is enough to deter some drivers. Volkswagen is wise to give drivers two different battery options.

Is the Volkswagen ID.4 a good electric SUV?

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is a major player in its segment. It’s affordable, and LG battery models have plenty of range for consumers comfortable with choosing those trim levels. The VW ID.4 could easily become as popular, or more popular than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in America in the years to come.

Let us know which Volkswagen ID.4 battery you think is best in the comment section below.