Volkswagen ID.4 Versus Tesla Model Y

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Volkswagen’s ID.4 BEV crossover could be one of the most important EVs to help drive EV adoption in the US. It’s specifications or looks won’t wow you, but it’s effective cost might.

While it isn’t entirely fair to compare the dual motor, AWD Tesla Model Y with 65 more miles of range to the RWD ID.4 Pro – the VW crossover comes in about $17,500 cheaper including incentives for a California buyer. When Tesla launches its RWD Model Y (perhaps $45,000), the gap will close with a difference in price of about $14,000.

And while Tesla fans like to point out the superior performance and technology with the Model Y, VW is targeting a mainstream CUV buyer – not the techy early adopters who swoon over anything Tesla. I have high hopes for the ID.4, but it will be fascinating to see how the US market accepts it. The more expensive ID.4 First Edition goes on sale in the US later this year, followed by the Pro\ in early 2021.



Average Range and Battery Size of PHEVs Currently Available in the US

With 32 PHEVs currently available in the US (as of September 21, 2021), they come in a wide variety of types, price, EPA range, and battery size. In the chart below we’ve analyzed the 32 PHEVs across 6 metrics. The mean (commonly referred to as the average) range is 24.7 miles and mean battery size is 13.5 kWh. When looking at the median, however, range drops to 21 miles and battery size down to 12.5 kWh.


PHEVs Account for Nearly 37% of EVs Sold to Date in the US

Through April 2021 PHEVs accounted for 36.7% of EVs (BEV and PHEV) sold in the US since January 2011. And in California, the most EV-centric state in the US, PHEVs comprise a slightly higher percentage of EV registrations to date at 38.3%.

PHEVs with 16 kWh or larger battery qualify for $7,500 tax credit

Six PHEVs Currently Qualify for the Maximum $7,500 Federal EV Tax Credit

There are six PHEVs that currently qualify for the $7,500 maximum tax credit, and their electric range is from a low of 21 miles for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe to a high of 65 miles for the Polestar 1. They also range in MSRP from about $38,000 for the Toyota RAV4 Prime to $165,000 for the Polestar 1. 

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