Volkswagen Targets Tesla’s Model 3 Dominance with its High-Performance ID.7 Long-Range Electric Sedan

Volkswagen Targets Tesla's Model 3 Dominance with its High-Performance ID.7 Long-Range Electric Sedan
Volkswagen Targets Tesla's Model 3 Dominance with its High-Performance ID.7 Long-Range Electric Sedan

Volkswagen has been actively developing electric cars as part of its plan to become a carbon-neutral company by 2050. Its first all-electric vehicle, the Volkswagen ID.3, was launched in Europe in 2020, followed by the ID.4 SUV in various markets, including Europe, North America, and China. The company has also teased the ID.5, which is expected to be a sportier version of the ID.4, and the ID.6, a large electric SUV sold exclusively in China.

Volkswagen aims to produce 1.5 million electric vehicles annually by 2025. It plans to introduce at least 70 all-electric models by 2030, making it one of the largest electric vehicle producers in the world. The company is also investing heavily in charging infrastructure, with plans to install 18,000 public charging stations in Europe by 2025.

Volkswagen’s electric cars are built on the company’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform, which allows for different body styles and sizes while sharing many components, making production more efficient. The company is also developing solid-state batteries, which could offer higher energy density, faster charging, and improved safety compared to current lithium-ion batteries.


To revive the sedan’s popularity, Volkswagen unveiled its ID.7 flagship electric vehicle at the Shanghai Auto Show. Although some details are still unknown, such as the price, it is hoped that the ID.7 can challenge the Tesla Model 3 as one of the world’s top-selling EVs. Sales will begin in China later this year, with the US to follow in 2024.

With a spacious interior, impressive aerodynamics, and good range, the ID.7 has many attractive features as a sedan. It is expected to have a range of approximately 700 kilometers (435 miles) on the WLTP standard with an 86kWh battery and a respectable 615km (382 miles) with the smaller 77kWh battery. However, the EPA-based range is likely to be lower.

Compared to VW’s ID.4 crossover SUV, the ID.7 can accept more charges. While the ID.4 can take up to 125kW of DC fast charging, the ID.7 can handle up to 170kW, and the ID.7 Pro S can take up to 200kW. Additionally, the ID.7 has a more robust drivetrain with 282 horsepower than the ID.4’s 201 hp.

The ID.7 is based on the ID Aero concept, first introduced last year as a production model for China. Like the concept, the ID.7 is built on VW’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform, also used in other ID models such as the ID.4 and ID Buzz. With a drag coefficient of 0.235, the ID.7 is comparable to luxury German electric cars such as the BMW i4 and Mercedes-Benz EQS.

The ID.7 has the potential to succeed the Passat as it is larger and more spacious. Its size, which measures 195.3 inches (4,961mm) in length and rides on a 116.8in (2,966mm) wheelbase, allows for a 532-liter luggage compartment. The sedan is 73.3in (1,862mm) wide (excluding exterior mirrors) and 60.6in (1,538mm) tall, making it longer and taller than a Tesla Model 3. The ID.7’s size may also enable a sportier version, similar to the R-Line, in the future.

Furthermore, the ID.7 will have a higher charging capacity than the ID.4, capable of accepting up to 170kW of fast charging, while the ID.7 Pro S version can take up to 200kW.

The ID.7 boasts significant updates to its interior, with VW revamping the cockpit design to include an augmented reality heads-up display and a digital gauge cluster embedded in the dashboard behind the steering wheel. Physical buttons are becoming a thing of the past, with VW opting for a central touchscreen and haptic sliders to control the temperature. 

The 15-inch landscape-oriented screen features a new menu system that keeps heating and cooling controls and seat ventilation on display at all times. The vehicle’s aerodynamic design aims to reduce drag, improve energy consumption, and provide a longer stride than other sedans. While American automakers have eliminated sedans in favor of SUVs, European 

and Asian automakers continue to release new sedan models to win over customers who prefer smaller vehicles.

How much does the id4 cost?

The starting MSRP of the Volkswagen ID.4 in the United States is $41,190 for the Pro trim before any federal or state tax incentives. Other trim levels are available, such as the Pro S and 1st Edition, which come with additional features and higher prices. It’s worth noting that prices may vary depending on the dealership and location.

What is the km range of id4

The range of the Volkswagen ID.4 can vary based on several factors, such as driving style, road conditions, and weather. However, the estimated range for the ID.4 is around 260 miles (418 kilometers) based on the EPA testing cycle for the Pro and Pro S trim levels with the 82 kWh battery pack. The range for the 1st Edition model is slightly less, at around 250 miles (402 kilometers). It’s important to note that range estimates may vary depending on the specific trim level and battery configuration.

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