It’s not surprising that air pollution has been linked to higher COVID-19 death rates, as respiratory issues are among its most prevalent features.Analysts have not had a unified takeaway on how the pandemic will affect EV sales. The research firm Wood Mackenzie said in April that the pandemic could hit EV sales harder than the general market.In a recovery—especially if a Joe Biden-proposed Cash for Clunkers reboot is part of it, it makes sense to incentivize EVs and those with low emissions. Such a program is far from a sure thing politically, however.At the very least, the pandemic isn’t expected to delay the arrival of the VW ID.4 electric crossover in the U.S. It’s still on track for a market launch later this year. The first vehicles will be imported from Europe, but VW plans to start building the ID.4 in the U.S. in 2022.