Going Electric

Learn all about making the switch to electric with Volkswagen’s ID. family.
Innovation has always been our driving force, which is why we’re quickly becoming a leader in sustainable mobility. With a wide range of electric vehicles by 2025 and an all-electric fleet by 2040, we’re making ‘Electric for Everyone’.

→Learn more about our dedication to e-mobility.

At VW, our vision combines cutting-edge technology, driver-first design, German engineering, and performance – electrified! All brought to life with these upcoming features:

  • Quick charge: Charge up to 10 km per minute of DC charging.†
  • Go the distance: Travel up to an estimated 400 km on a single charge.*
  • Pure power: Full torque means instantaneous, powerful acceleration.
  • Hands-free: Experience autonomous driving modes, voice control, and more (not available in the ID.4).
How Electric Vehicles Work

The anatomy of your ID. vehicle

From the outside, Volkswagen’s ID. family has a signature blue accent detail that lets everyone know your electric credentials. Once you look inside, you’ll see a new breed of automobile. Get to know the ins and outs of our EVs with these key features.

The Electric Power Connection

Instead of a fuel cap, there’s a safety socket for the electrical cable to plug into.

Battery Management System (BMS)

Your EV and battery talk to one another at all times to keep things moving via the BMS.

Vehicle Heating

Heated seats are an efficient way to keep you cozy without wasting valuable battery power. In Canada, a standard heat pump generates warmth for the cabin as efficiently as possible, in addition to the resistive electric heater on the coldest days.

High Voltage Cable

Each electric vehicle is equipped with an high-voltage cable that connects the charging socket to the battery and allows power to flow.

Rechargeable Battery Packs

We use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries to keep our EVs moving. Each one holds a charge that will keep going for up to an estimated 400 km.* You can find yours under the floor, where it doesn’t take up space you need for people and cargo.

Engine Compartment

The heart of an electric vehicle is the electric motor, gearbox, and power electronics. All these parts can be found under the hood.

Charging Brakes

Your EV doesn’t just harness power from a charging station – it creates power when you brake, too. Our vehicles are capable of recuperating that energy and transferring it into battery charge.

Service Made Simple

The mechanics of a purely electric vehicle consist of three components: the onboard charger, the inverter, and the motor. By comparison, the mechanics of an internal combustion engine have more moving parts and thus need more maintenance. There are simpler parts under the hood of an electric vehicle which makes service and maintenance less frequent and less cumbersome.

Making The Switch

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Servicing electric vehicles

Servicing an EV is simpler than servicing a gas vehicle and that means it costs less – just another benefit of going electric. The fewer moving parts your vehicle has, the fewer things there are to maintain. Services, therefore, end up being easier and less frequent.

Oil changes are a thing of the past

Unlike gas vehicles, EVs don’t need an oil change, and that can saves you time and money. However, for your peace of mind, and to make sure everything is running smoothly, we still see your vehicle on an annual basis.

Install a charging station at home

Once you’ve made the switch to electric, you’re going to want to install an at-home charging station, so you’re never far from a power boost for your new vehicle. Some provinces offer grants or subsidies for installing an EV charging station at home.

With Car-Net and our handy app, you’ll always know where the next charging station is

New charging stations are popping up across Canada frequently, so with a little planning, you’ll never be far from one when you need it. That’s why we introduced a “Charging Stations” feature within Car-Net. It uses your location to find the nearest charging station and helps you to plan your route there. It also lets you know about the power supply and availability. If it’s a particularly handy charge point for you, save the location and find it easily next time you’re in the area.


†Estimated charging times are provided as a reference only. Actual charging times will vary based on battery state of charge, driving behaviour, battery condition, current, resistance, ambient temperature, available voltage, and charging frequency.

*Combined range estimate based on preliminary testing by Volkswagen, in accordance with Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) guidelines. Official range rating, once confirmed, will be published in NRCan’s 2021 Fuel Consumption Guide. Full battery charge is required. Actual driving range will vary based on driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.

*Combined range estimate based on preliminary testing by Volkswagen, in accordance with Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) guidelines.  At the time of publication, NRCan had not yet certified these ratings. Please refer to NRCan’s 2020 Fuel Consumption Guide for more information and approved, official ratings when they are available.  Full battery charge is required. Actual driving range will vary based on driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.  Le is gasoline litre equivalent.