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How much range does each trim of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 have?

Friday, April 30th, 2021

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EPA-Estimated Trim Ranges and Fuel Economies

The range provided by the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 differs from trim to trim. As a result, customers often ask us here at Elgin Volkswagen: how much range does each trim of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 provide?

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What is the process of recycling an EV battery?

Saturday, March 27th, 2021
Two employees work to recycle EV batteries in the Volkswagen pilot plant

Volkswagen EV Battery Recycling Plant and Breakdown Process Video

Last month, we at Elgin Volkswagen wrote about how our favorite automaker is using a really cool newly developed method for disposing of EV batteries. Not only are we excited by this innovative procedure, but we’re delighted at the way in which it addresses the growing concern of how to handle EV batteries at the end of their lives, as well as how to reliably obtain the precious minerals needed to build them.

To follow up, we wanted to share this intriguing video of both the new EV recycling plant that Volkswagen has built, as well as footage of the battery itself being ground down and recycled. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another to see this process in action. Enjoy!

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When will self-driving cars be available?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
Man meditates while his self-driving car maneuvers through the cosmos. A calendar wonders, "When?"

Anticipated Future for Autonomous Cars

We here at Elgin Volkswagen are big fans of the idea of “saving time” for ourselves by letting our car drive us to our destination. Having a vehicle drive on its own would be a great opportunity to read, nap, surf the internet, play video games, meditate, or just plain chill.

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars being worked on for a few years now, and original optimistic predictions said they’d be here by 2020. Well, 2020 has come and gone, and we still have to put our feet, hands and brains to work piloting our vehicles to the dealership each morning. When will self-driving cars actually be available?

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Will EV charge speeds increase in the future?

Saturday, March 20th, 2021
EV charge stations in a parking lot

Predicted Electric Vehicle Charging Speeds

Technology is continually accelerating, seemingly at a faster and faster pace (we swear we’ve heard about some law about the exponentially increasing rate of progress). That certainly seems to be the case with electric vehicle tech, which was quite rare on American streets just five years ago but now seems poised to experience a surge in popularity.

As EV technology improves, one element that has held some individuals back form making the switch to such models is the comparatively slow rate of fueling compared to that of a combustion-powered vehicle. We here at Elgin Volkswagen thus decided to look into: will EV charge speeds increase in the future?

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What is “Project Trinity”?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
Side profile of a silhouette of a mysterious vehicle

New Volkswagen Platform and Technology Announcement

Volkswagen is making waves throughout the automotive world again with whisperings of a new cutting-edge undertaking on the way, simply termed, “Project Trinity.” This name doesn’t give much indication as to what the project actually entails, but it sure sounds exciting. What exactly is “Project Trinity?”

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Where can I take the train from Elgin to Chicago?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Train pulling into a station

Elgin Train Guide and Schedule Information

America, in general, is not great at using trains for public transportation. However, here in Elgin, we’re lucky enough to have three separate Metra stations that can take riders into Chicago and beyond. This gives residents easy access to the beautiful lakefront, museums, zoos, sporting events, shops, restaurants and more that are on offer in the Windy City.

The first step in utilizing the Elgin train is finding the station. Where can one learn more about using the local Elgin train system?

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Where can I find genuine Lao food in Elgin, IL?

Friday, February 19th, 2021
Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Elgin’s Lao Restaurants

Among many other things, Elgin is known for its sizeable Lao community. Since 1967, in fact, Elgin has been the sister city to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Having this population here in Elgin brings a delightful dose of cultural diversity to the (literal and figurative) table.

Today, we’re focusing primarily on the literal aspect of that statement. What are some delicious Laotian restaurants in the Elgin area?

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How much does the VW ID.4 cost to own?

Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Side view of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Some view electric vehicles as an expensive amenity that they don’t believe they can afford. That perception is not so far off; many current EV models and brands (such as Tesla) sell at luxury-level price points.

To remedy this issue, Volkswagen has made it its mission to kick off its EV lineup with an electric car “for the people.” The Volkswagen ID.4 has a reasonable starting price, which gets even better once one factors in federal and state EV rebates, along with severely reduced fuel and maintenance costs. How much does the Volkswagen ID.4 cost to own?

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How do I use wireless phone charging in my Volkswagen?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
iPhone charges inside 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Wireless Phone Charging How-To Guide

The continued advancement of technology leads to, when utilized properly, the continued increase of quality of life. Hopefully, our mental outlook begins to advance as well so that technical innovations can truly bring more ease into our lives rather than merely increasing the frenetic pace and accompanying stress of the modern American lifestyle.

Wireless phone charging is one example of a feature that, by keeping your phone or device fully juiced, can increase the convenience of daily life. How does one use the wireless phone charging feature in their VW?

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Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting

Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Side view of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting

The Volkswagen ID.4 is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason: the model is the brand’s first all-electric SUV and first electric world car. In its effort to be the ultimate electric vehicle for the people, the Volkswagen ID.4 utilizes an array of existing electric car technology as well as freshly developed innovations.

One element falling into the former category is regenerative braking. Regenerative braking, which is utilized in many current EVs, causes a vehicle’s brakes to apply gradually and automatically the moment one takes their foot off the accelerator. The electricity generated by the braking friction is then used to recharge the battery.  

The downside, for some, is that regenerative braking takes away a vehicle’s ability to coast. Does the Volkswagen ID.4 use regenerative braking?

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