Volkswagen Electric Cars – ID3, ID4, ID5, seven passenger ID6 and ID7 Van

Volkswagen is starting pre-production of the ID5 electric SUV.

Volkswagen already has the ID.3 5-door hatchback and the ID.4 compact SUV.

The ID.4 will start deliveries this month or next month.

The ID.5 is an ID.4 with a more coupe-like roof line. It has the same 77 kWh battery, the same 150 kW electric motor driving the rear wheels.

Electrive claims the ID.5 is now in pre-production at the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau and it will be selling later in 2021. It will not be available in all markets.

The ID.6 is a 7-passenger version of the ID.4.

The ID.7 (aka ID Buzz) is an electric van.

The ID.3 should be getting a software update. The over the air update was not ready in January 2021. The head-up display was also not ready. Early owners have been reporting hundreds of other software bugs.

Volkswagen is trying very hard to catch Tesla and has reportedly spent $50 billion and 5 years developing the new electric cars.

VW-owned Audi’s plans to launch a high-efficiency flagship EV by 2024.

There are challenges for car companies to scale up electric cars.

They have to make a compelling electric car.
They have to scale up mass production.
They need sources of batteries. 500,000 cars with 75 kWh of batteries each would mean 37.5 GWh of batteries every year.
They would need to build the cars for a profit.

Cleantechnical reported that Volkswagen dealers sell each electric car for only 4% markup instead of 14% for fossil fuel cars.

There are other reports that Volkswagen loses $4000-5000 for each electric vehicle they make. This loss is offset because they do not pay the EU penalty as a tax credit to another company. Volkswagen can then make up to $8000 selling an SUV.

Electric car makers will have to keep up with Tesla reducing the cost of batteries. Tesla’s battery day talked about roughly halving the cost of batteries. Tesla’s production costs will also decrease with megacastings.

There have been reports of other carmakers having trouble getting computer chips and batteries for their electric cars.

SOURCES – Cleantechnica, Electrive
Written By Brian Wang, (Brian owns shares of Tesla)