New Chattanooga-made ID.4 electric SUV is vehicle for the masses, official says

Contributed photo by Volkswagen / The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is expected to hit the U.S. market in 2021. Assembly of the vehicle will take place at VW's Chattanooga plant in 2022.

Volkswagen officials believe the new electric SUV slated for assembly in Chattanooga will hit the three targets to emerge as a vehicle for the masses - price, range and charging.

"It will give buyers the same kind of freedom to go anywhere you want to go," said Dustin Krause, Volkswagen of America's director of e-mobility in North America.

The price of the ID.4, coming to America in 2021 from Germany and expected to roll out of the Chattanooga plant in 2022, is $39,995 before a possible $7,500 government tax credit.

Krause said the range of the vehicle is 250 miles between charges.

VW also is teaming with nationwide charging company Electrify America so the purchase of the 2021 SUV will come with three years of free charging.

Fuel savings are expected to be as much as $3,500 over five years compared to an average new vehicle, Krause said.