We Tackle the Desert in New VW ID.4s and an Old Beetle

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We Tackle the Desert in New VW ID.4s and an Old Beetle

Amid the growing number of outdoorsy-themed crossovers decked out with body cladding and knobby tires, we must give credit to Volkswagen for competing in grueling desert-racing conditions with two of its pedestrian ID.4 electric SUVs. A promotional move to be sure—the company currently is not keen on transferring its learnings to an off-road-oriented production model—it’s still a bold effort made bolder by the fact that both vehicles crossed their respective finish lines largely without issue. It also highlights the challenges that EVs face as they become more common, even in the backcountry.

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