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Electric VWs to be sold in South Africa

VW has announced that the ID.4 SUV will be the first fully electric vehicle that will go on sale in South Africa directly after the second phase of VW’s “electric mobility strategy”.

The second phase of this strategy involves the introduction of an all-electric VW ID.4 test fleet into the country in 2022.

“In order to be South Africa’s best-selling electric vehicle brand, we first need to educate our consumers by getting as many of them as possible to experience electric vehicles with the hope of changing perceptions,” said Steffen Knapp, head of the VW passenger car brand.

“The introduction of the all-electric and best-selling ID.4 will assist us with gaining valuable insights which will pave the way for Volkswagen to include electric vehicles in the future product portfolio in South Africa.”

ID.4 in South Africa

Currently, there are few confirmed specifications for the ID.4 in South Africa, except for an expected driving range of up to 522km.

In Germany, the electric SUV is sold in one of nine pre-configured trims – Pure, City, Style, Pro, Life, Business, Family, Tech, and Max.

The Pure, City, and Style variants are fitted with a 52kWh battery, which provides 109kW or 125kW of power – depending on the model.

The rest of the line-up comes with a 77kWh battery as standard, with a maximum power output of 150kW.

Cabin amenities include a touch display of up to 12 inches, voice control, online connectivity, and a 54-LED lighting system that works with voice commands.

Standard in all variants in Germany is the Discover Pro navigation system, too, which supports 3D map navigation, film playback, online music streaming, Bluetooth, and smartphone mirroring.

This system, along with several other ID. features, can be updated by the customer via over-the-air software updates.

The German starting price for the VW ID.4 is €37,415 (R670,000).


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