Volkswagen ID.4 (2021)

The complete guide to charging the first Volkswagen ID.4 (2021), covering electric range, how long it takes to charge, how much it costs, and much more.

Last updated: Apr 10, 2024 8 min read

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Key stats
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Range (WLTP):

250 miles

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Electric cost/mile:


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Rapid charge:


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EV type:

Battery electric


The second release using Volkswagen's pure electric "MEB" platform, the ID.4 is essentially an SUV version of the successful ID.3 model. The first ID.4 available comes with the top of the line battery pack - a smaller battery with 52kWh is to follow later in the year - ensuring excellent range figures and 125kW DC charging to make long trips a doddle. A similar techy interior to the ID.3 is a strong point and what you lose in performance from being that bit bigger, you gain in practical, family-friendly seating and luggage capacity.

This guide is based on the 1st edition, which has an optional on-board 11kW AC charger available. Other models may have different battery specifications. 

Charging Details

Charging time for a Volkswagen ID.4

The table below shows the estimated time to charge your ID.4 from empty to full. For rapid charging, we show the time to charge from 20% - 80%, as charging tends to slow outside this range to protect the battery.

Charging method Typically found at Charging time* Range/hour**
Empty to full
3-pin plug Home 36 h 6 m/h
3.6kW Home / Work 22 h 10 m/h
7kW Home / Work / Public Locations 12 h 20 m/h
22kW Work / Public Locations 12 h 20 m/h
50kW Public Locations 60 min 70 m/30 min
150kW Public Locations 30 min 201 m/30 min

* Based on Pod Point estimates, charging time can differ based on the ambient temperature, the state of the battery (e.g. empty or half full) and variation in charging rate. Max charging rate may also be limited by the vehicle.
** Range per hour is the number of miles you can expect to get from an hour of charging at the relevant rate.

Connector type and charging rates

You can charge your Volkswagen ID.4 with a Type 2 connector at home, work or at a public charging point. There is also a CCS connector for rapid charging.

Slow / Fast: Type 2

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Max AC 1-phase rate: 7.4kW

Max AC 3-phase rate: 7.4kW*
Rapid: CCS

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Max DC rate: 143kW
Connector location: Right Side - Rear
Connector location: Right Side - Rear

* Optional 11kW on-board charger available.

Where you can charge a Volkswagen ID.4

You can charge your Volkswagen ID.4 conveniently at home, plug-in when you arrive at work or top up when you're out and about at locations including supermarkets and public car parks.

At Home

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7kW Solo Charger

Find out more about Smart Home Charging

At Work

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7kW Solo Charger*

Find out more about Workplace EV Charging
Built Environment Charging

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7kW Solo or Twin Charger

Find out more about Built Environment Charging
On Public Networks

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7kW Solo Charger & Rapid Charging**

Charging on the Pod Point Network

* Other charging options are also available, speak to our team for more information.
** Available for vehicles with either CCS or CHAdeMO connectors.

Cost to charge

Cost of charging a Volkswagen ID.4

The cost of charging your car will vary between home, work and public chargepoints (below are our estimates). Charging on the Pod Point Network can be accessed through the Pod Point App.

Place Avg. cost Cost/mile
Home (empty to full)* £21.56 9.95p
Public rapid chargers (20%-80%)** £20.33 15.63p

* Assumes tariff of 28p/kWh. The cost of home charging will vary depending on your electricity rate.
** Assumes tariff of 44p/kWh applicable to most network rapid chargers as of April 2022.

Pod Point home chargers are easy to use, and are fully compatible with the entire Volkswagen range of electric vehicles. Get a quote today.

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Vehicle Specs

Official range (WLTP*) 255 miles
Pod Point Confidence Range** 217 miles

* For information on "WLTP" and more, please visit our Electric Vehicle Dictionary.
** Pod Point Confidence Range is the maximum distance we’d be confident driving on electric power between charges. Real range will depend on various factors including driving conditions, personal driving style, outside temperature, heating / air conditioning, etc.

0-62 mph 8.5 seconds
Top speed 99 mph
Engine power 201 bhp / 150 kW
Torque 310 Nm
Battery size 82 kWh
Usable battery (Pod Point estimate) 77 kWh
Official battery efficiency (WLTP) 290 Wh/mile
Battery efficiency (Pod Point estimate) 355 Wh/mile
Environmental impact
Official MPG (WLTP) N/A
Official CO2 emissions (WLTP) 0 gCO2/km
CO2 emissions from UK grid electricity usage (Pod Point calculated)* 41 gCO2/km

* This metric estimates the environmental impact of driving your electric vehicle based on how the electricity that powers your car is generated. We take the average carbon intensity across the UK grid measured throughout 2021 to calculate the expected grams of CO2 emitted per 1 km driven. The actual number will vary by region, when you charge (e.g. carbon intensity is usually lower overnight period) and whether your electricity comes from more renewable sources than the average.

Purchase, Tax & Grants

The Volkswagen ID.4 is only eligible for the EV chargepoint grant, but you will benefit from £0 road tax and £0 London Congestion Charge.

OTR price* £40,800
Vehicle warranty 6 years / 100,000 miles
Battery warranty 8 years / 100,000 miles

* On-the-road price including Plug-in Grant, if applicable.

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Amount
Year 1 £0
Years 2-5 £0
Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax year BiK tax rate Annual BiK value
For cars registered after 6 April 2020
22/23 2% £814
23/24 2% £814
24/25 2% £814

* For further information including how to calculate personal BiK liabilities, please visit our Electric Car Tax guide.

Local taxes Amount
London Congestion Zone Charge* £0
Ultra Low Emission Zone Charge** £0

* A £10 annual registration fee will still apply to each vehicle.
** For further information on London's Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ), please visit our ULEZ guide.

Insurance group 30
Grant name Eligibility Amount Benefit
OZEV EV chargepoint grant £350 Can be used to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation
OZEV Plug-in Grant £0 Used to reduce the cost of the vehicle
EST Domestic Charge Point Grant (currently unavailable) £300 Can be used in Scotland in addition to the EV chargepoint grant to reduce the cost of a home charger with installation

* Prices for vehicles are typically displayed with the Plug-in grant discount already applied. Home charging grants are dependent on status of the grant, and subject to eligibility requirements of the applicant as well as the vehicle.

Pros and cons of a Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a family-sized, battery electric SUV that offers practicality and decent design. Unfortunately, it lags behind its competitors in performance, placing it below average when it comes to top speed.



✔ Rapid charge enabled ✘ Below top speed of up to 99 mph
✔ Above average range (WLTP) of up to 255 miles
✔ Cost per mile comparable with other saloon-style cars
✔ Mid-range insurance group 
✔ No road tax, London Congestion Charge or ULEZ charge
Pod Point rating: 3.5 out of 5 

Pod Point home chargers are easy to use, and are fully compatible with the entire Volkswagen range of electric vehicles. Get a quote today.