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Volkswagen extends ID.4 line-up to below grant level

First Drive - May 2021 - Volkswagen ID.4 - Image 6Volkswagen has added additional models at the base of its ID.4 line-up, including a new price entry point of £34,650 that qualifies the car for the Government’s revised £2,500 plug-in car grant for vehicles priced at below £35,000.

The grant-qualifying City Pure entry model has a 148hp electric motor, while VW has also added a new City Pure Performance model with a 170hp motor, with both linked to a 52kW battery for an official range of 213 and 211 miles respectively.
There’s also a new Style trim level on both models.

Electric van range tested

Electric van operators should be planning for their vehicles to achieve 60-70% of their official range figure in winter conditions, with temperature, vehicle speed and payload all impacting on the overall usability of battery light commercials, according to new research by Arval.

Arval EV range reportThe company commissioned independent testing of small, medium and large electric light commercials, and found that overall, a small electric LCV will cost in excess of £2,000 less than a diesel small van over four years and 80 miles per day.

The research also found that motorway speed has a huge impact on range, with vehicles across all sizes averaging 68% of official range figure in urban scenarios, 82% in rural and 61% on motorways.

In the payload test, the research found that there’s an average of eight percentage points lost from a vehicle’s range when full to maximum weight compared to empty.

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Company Car Today issue 80The new issue contains test drive reviews of the new Volkswagen ID.4 and Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell, as well as a six-page Big Test on the new Kia Sorento PHEV, and all the regular features such as the Green Company Car section, the latest on our long-term test fleet and the Knowledge section, featuring insight from Engineius and BCA.

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