While many who have driven and owned them sing the praises of electric vehicles, one concern that remains is an EV’s ability to make a lengthy drive. People considering an EV might rightly ask: Can you drive an electric car cross-country?
According to Volkswagen, the answer is yes, and easily.
In the first stages of launching its new EV — the Volkswagen ID.4 — in North America, the automaker decided to address this consumer concern head-on. It dispatched Dustin Krause, director, e-Mobility, Volkswagen of America, on a cross-continent drive. The idea was to validate that a pure EV like the ID.4 could complete what turned out to be a 6,700-mile trek without difficulty, strain, or angst, otherwise known as range anxiety.
“We have been driving across the country in our new ID.4 EV just to show the capability of the car,” Krause told us. “This vehicle is a compact SUV that can go anywhere at zero emissions. But it also can do that at zero cost, using the Electrify America, DC fast-charging network. That network has grown to over 500 locations nationwide. And we wanted to prove the car’s capability.”
Volkswagen provides three years of free Electrify America charging station use with every ID.4 purchase.