Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, New Models, Technology, Volkswagen Innovation, VW I.D. on Sunday, January 24th, 2021 at 5:08 pm
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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The cabin of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 does use regenerative braking, but it doesn’t prioritize the feature. In the model’s default driving mode, the ID.4 will coast in the majority of cases when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. When drivers press the brake pedal as normal, brake energy recuperation will be activated.

While coasting is prioritized on the default D (Drive) setting of the ID.4, users can shift the gear selector into B (Brake) mode at any time. In this setting, the ID.4 will utilize regenerative braking, through it still won’t brake to a complete standstill. The amount provided will be enough for clearly noticeable deceleration that still won’t confuse drivers of conventional combustion engine vehicles.

With the ID.4, Volkswagen has decided that coasting should take priority over regenerative braking. Learn more about this delightful model here.

Why does the VW ID.4 prioritize coasting over regenerative braking?

According to Volkswagen, what should happen when EV drivers take their foot off the accelerator is a “difficult, philosophical question.” The automaker has decided to opt for coasting as the priority because they believe it makes for more relaxed and predictable driving. In crafting an EV for the masses, VW has aimed to provide braking characteristics tailored to the needs of most drivers. VW considers the resultant intuitive ease of driving to be one of the model’s greatest strengths.

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