Parked ID.4 plugged into an EV charger

Road-trip-ready range: Everything you need to know

If you’re like most Canadians…

Making the switch to an electric vehicle may not be as big of a change as you think. Particularly, when it comes to how far you can drive it. With good charging habits and a basic understanding of EV batteries, you’ll feel confident behind the wheel of your All-Electric ID.4.

Go far in your electric car

1972 Elektro-Golf 50 km range 2020 eGolf 200 km range 2024 ID.4 468 km range

Range over the years

The range potential of electric vehicles has improved significantly over the last few years. From the first Volkswagen Elektro-Golf in 1972 to the 2024 ID.4, range sure has come a long way. Fun fact: a Volkswagen ID.4 driver set the Guinness World Record for the fewest number of charging stops in an electric car crossing Canada. Covering over 7,000 km from St. John’s to Victoria, the journey required just 18 charging stops. 

Average daily commute 42 km 2024 ID.4 468 range

Your average daily commute

Chances are, you don’t drive as much as you think you do. In fact, the average Canadian drives less than 42 km a day. That’s just about one tenth of the range potential of the 2024 ID.4*, which means you may only need to charge your EV about once a week.

*Estimated combined range determined using Natural Resources Canada’s approved test methods, with a fully charged battery and ideal driving conditions is 468 km for the  2024 ID.4 Pro RWD. Refer to vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca for details. Different vehicle configurations will have different ranges.  Actual driving range will vary based on driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, terrain, use of HVAC and accessories, battery age and vehicle condition.

Map of canada showing coast-to-coast charging coverage

Coast-to-coast coverage

If you’re planning an extended journey, no problem. There are approximately 20,000 charging ports at around 9,000 public charging stations across Canada, around 4,000 of which are DC Fast chargers that can charge an EV battery from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes.** 

Rest assured, you should find plenty of convenient options along your route. Plus, with EV charging apps like FLO and Electrify Canada, the experience is smoother than ever. You can load up your account, begin charging, pay, and receive notifications—all from your phone. 

** Estimated charging times are provided as a reference only. Charging times will vary and depend on a variety of factors, including ambient temperature, charger type, battery condition and initial state of charge, vehicle condition and others. Frequent and consecutive fast charging can permanently decrease battery capacity.

 

All on a single charge

Your EV can take you quite far before you have to plug it in again.

  • From Toronto To Windsor 369 km

    From Toronto to Windsor (369 km)

    Go from the CN Tower to the automotive capital of Canada.

  • From Montreal To La Malbaie 397 km

    From Montréal to La Malbaie (397 km)

    Cruise along the St. Lawrence River.

  • From Vancouver To Kelowna 389 km

    Vancouver to Kelowna (389 km)

    Venture to the mountain town of Nelson, BC.

Golden rules for charging

Along with driving habits, there are ways to get better range that have to do with properly maintaining your EV battery.

It’s relatively simple to take care of your high-voltage battery. Just stick to these two rules, and you've pretty much accomplished the most important things.

1
Know your charging target

For daily usage, Volkswagen recommends setting the charging target at 80%. Before long trips, Volkswagen recommends setting the charging target at 100% for the highest possible range, and then driving off as soon as possible after charging is completed. 

Daily usage charge to 80%, long trips charge to 100%
2
Keep it waiting between 30 and 80 

If the vehicle will be unused for longer than 12 hours, leave it parked with a battery charge level of at least 30% and no more than 80% (e.g., at the airport before a trip).  

Parked and unused charge between 30-80%

Breakthrough braking

Regenerative Braking converts braking friction into energy that goes back into your battery. Overall, it helps extend your range and turns every traffic jam or red light into a green victory. 

View of an ID.4 with a battery charging icon on both sides

It’s smooth sailing from here

Driving at moderate speeds can help maximize your mileage, so try limiting fast acceleration and use cruise control whenever it makes sense and is safe to. Turning on Regenerative Braking also makes a difference. Moral of the story: unless your daily commute is taking you to another province and back, you shouldn’t even have to think about plugging in before driving home.

There you have it. Now that you know the range of capablilites of an EV and the robust charging infrastructure across the country, you’re ready to hit the road with confidence. Safe travels!

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◊◊Amount shown is the maximum incentive provided by the applicable governments. VW does not administer these incentives. BC offers an incentive of up to $4,000 based on income. Amounts and eligibility are subject to change. Incentive information is provided for informational purposes only and VW makes no representations about the actual amount or eligibility for the incentive. See the provincial or federal administrator for details.