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Here's how to reserve your new Volkswagen ID.4 for $100

Volkswagen hasn't fully revealed the ID.4, but here is the model in the concept form.

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Following Ford and Tesla's model for vehicle reservations, Volkswagen will allow customers to put a $100 deposit down on its ID.4 electric vehicle shortly after its reveal next month. The deposit is refundable.

The model's debut is set for September 23 at 11 a.m. EDT. Reservations will be available immediately following.

The reservation is possible thanks to Volkswagen's new online shopping platform. The new way to buy is designed to help customers avoid the hassles of the dealership experience - something that is a common pain point in customer experience surveys industrywide. The platform also includes shopping tools such as a range estimator, payment tool and dealer selection to assist shoppers with finding an ID.4 model and making the transition to EV ownership.

Volkswagen ID.4 concept The Volkswagen ID.4 concept vehicle reveals a crossover with a low coefficient of drag, helping it slip through the air with ease, making it more fuel efficient.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Users start by building their preferred vehicle. Then, they secure their place on one with a $100 reservation payment.

Once vehicle production starts, those with reservations will be invited to lock in their configuration and confirm their order with an additional $400 deposit. The online ordering system will allow buyers to track their vehicle from production to delivery and let them know when to expect their new ID.4 to arrive at their preferred dealer.

Once the vehicle arrives at the dealership, buyers can interact directly with them to arrange for delivery.

The ID.4 will be produced at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which is being modified to fulfill the task. It will be sold in all 50 U.S. states.

Volkswagen plans to sell 26 million electric vehicles globally by 2029.

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Teachers from Houston, Tampa, and Detroit can be entered to win.

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With more parents having a larger hand in educating their children for the last seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become apparent to many just how tough being a teacher can be. Maaco, the world's largest provider of auto paint and collision services, is rewarding one lucky teacher with a free MAACOver as part of a new giveaway.

The giveaway can include an exterior paint job, deep cleaning, and collision/damage repair. These are all services that Maaco offers as part of its menu.

Teachers of grades K-12 can nominate themselves or students and community members can nominate a deserving educator via Macao.com. Only teachers in Houston, Tampa, and Detroit are eligible.

Nominations must be submitted by October 5. Winners will be announced October 19.

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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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