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Volkswagen turns I.D. Crozz concept into ID.4 electric vehicle reality with 310-mile range

Volkswagen is turning concept into reality with the debut of the ID.4.

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Volkswagen is all-in on electrified powertrains. They're taking a step closer to walking the walk with the fresh ID.4. The model is the production version fo the ID. Crozz concept SUV that first was shown in 2017.

Production of the ID.4 will mark the automaker's first all-electric SUV launch. The ID.4 will have about 310 miles of range, depending on the drive package. It is assumed then that Volkswagen will tier its range offerings like Nissan and Tesla do.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

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Volkswagen will make the car in a standard rear-wheel drive format. Electric all-wheel drive will be added later.

The model will sit on VW's MEB platform.

Volkswagen's engineering team has placed the battery near the center of the underbody, which helps ground the SUV and distributes the burden of its weight relatively evenly front to rear and side to side. This battery positioning is common in modern EVs.

VW says that the model will feature a fully digital cockpit that is operated primarily using touch surfaces and voice control. Expect clean, minimalist design from the automaker, as is common in their current lineup.

Volkswagen will produce the model in Europe, China, and the U.S. The U.S. factory is in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen Chattanooga Volkswagen will produce the SUV at its expanded Chattanonoga, Tennessee plant.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

In November it was announced that VW was investing $800 million and adding 1,000 jobs in Tennessee in its push toward mass electrification.

Expect to see the ID.4 launch later this year. Pricing for the model is not yet public knowledge.

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Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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GMC Hummer EV deliveries to start soon

Hummer EV deliveries will start in December.

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This year has turned out to be as difficult for automakers as 2020 was, if not much more so. The pandemic is still a major factor, and to make matters worse there's a global microchip shortage that heavily impacts automakers' ability to build tech-heavy vehicles. GMC has a big launch left to handle in 2021, and according to a recent call with journalists, it's proceeding as planned. On a recent call with reporters, GMC exec Duncan Aldred noted that Hummer EV pickup deliveries are on track to begin in December. He also elaborated on the truck's EPA range numbers.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The trucks will deliver up to 329 miles on a charge. GMC

The Hummer's EPA range lands at 329, not far from the 350 miles General Motors targeted for the vehicle. Those are the estimates for the limited Hummer Edition 1, which carries a six-figure price tag and gobs of bells and whistles. Aldred said that other models coming later on will offer longer range estimates when they hit the roads sometime in 2023.

A staggering 80 percent of reservations GMC has gathered so far are for the Edition 1 model. Almost half of the 125,000 people who have inquired about the Hummer EV have placed the refundable $100 deposit and the SUV's first year of production is completely sold out.

2023 GMC Hummer EV The Hummer EV's first year of production is sold out. GMC

When it hits the streets later this year, the Hummer EV will be just in time to face off against a growing crop of EV trucks and SUVs. Rivian recently began delivering the R1T electric pickup truck and will continue with the R1S SUV next year. The Ford F-150 Lightning is coming in 2022, and General Motors itself has a Cadillac EV rollout to handle in 2022. Chevy and GMC will show off electric versions of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks on January 5 and GMC will push the Hummer SUV EV in 2023.

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