Volkswagen admits it’s late to the electric vehicle party, however has plans to deliver its first two electric cars locally – the ID.4 and ID.5 mid-size SUVs – to customers next year.
Volkswagen is set to launch its first two fully-electric vehicles in Australia in 2023.
Speaking to media at a recent launch event, director of Volkswagen’s passenger car division in Australia, Michal Szaniecki, revealed plans to introduce both the Volkswagen ID.4 and Volkswagen ID.5 electric mid-sized SUVs in 2023, up to three years after they went on sale in Europe.
“We want to have cars in the market (and on the road) as early as next year” added Szaniecki.
“Our ambitious plans and vision see over 20 per cent of Volkswagen sales being electric by 2024”.
When questioned on the delay – understanding that Tesla sold 12,000 fully-electric cars in 2021 alone – Szaniecki acknowledged and explained that the brand’s first ID model – the fully-electric ID.3 hatchback – was not “relevant” for Australia, and that other markets with strict emissions regulations or reward-based electric vehicle schemes take priority.
The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 are offered globally in both single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive configurations.
Internationally, the range starts with a 109kW/220Nm rear-drive model that uses a 55kWh battery pack to enable a range of 346km, and peaks with the all-wheel drive ID.4 GTX performance variant with 220kW, a 82kWh battery and an official (claimed) range of around 482km.
The difference between the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5 is body type, with the ID.4 resembling more a traditional SUV, and the ID.5 featuring a coupe-inspired sloping roofline.
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