A Look at the VW ID.4’s Coasting Function
It’s pretty safe to say that Volkswagen’s new all-electric SUV, the ID.4, has taken the world by storm. After a number of delays throughout 2020, the highly anticipated vehicle finally made its debut later in the year. The ID.4 is a unique vehicle in many ways, but one of its most unexpectedly intriguing aspects is how it uses — and doesn’t use — regenerative braking. It’s time to take an up-close look at the ID.4’s coasting function.
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A look at the ID.4’s coasting function
If you’ve ever driven an electric vehicle, you’re likely familiar with the concept of regenerative braking. Briefly, when a driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal, the loss of pressure triggers the recovery of electricity and automatic deceleration. This “one-pedal style” of driving is a defining characteristic in most EVs. However, this isn’t the case in Volkswagen’s ID.4.
In a recent press release, VW described the results of removing one’s foot from the right pedal as a “difficult philosophical question.” To that end, the automaker designed the ID.4 to work in much the same way as a standard gas-powered vehicle. When the driver moves their foot, the ID.4 will coast instead of applying regenerative braking.
In addition to the ID.4’s coasting function, the EV does still feature regenerative braking. However, the feature now activates when the left/brake pedal is used, giving the driver a deceleration experience that’s practically identical to that of a gas vehicle.
The reasoning behind this function was, in VW’s words, to make the driving experience more “predictable.” Predictability, familiarity, and driver comfort are expected to play a massive part in the ID.4’s success, especially given its competition. With VW hoping to pit their electric SUV against gas-powered mainstays from the likes of Toyota, Honda, and Chevy, keeping the driving experience as “normal” as possible is a smart move.
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The ID.4 is currently available for purchase, and will begin production on U.S. soil later this year.
Daniel DiManna hails from little Sylvania, Ohio. A graduate of Lourdes University with a degree in Fine Arts (which has thus far proven about as useful as a wet paper towel), Daniel’s hobbies/passions include film history, reading, fiction/non-fiction writing, sculpting, gaining weight, and adding more toys, posters, books, model kits, DVD’s, screen-used props, and other ephemera to his already shamefully monumental collection of Godzilla/movie monster memorabilia. His life goals include a return trip to Japan, getting a podcast off the ground, finishing his novel, and yes, buying even more monster toys. See more articles by Daniel.