Tag: 2017 volkswagen e-Golf
With so many high-end electric vehicles being released onto the market by the likes of Tesla, Porsche, and quite a few others, it can be easy to overlook the smaller guys, or in this case the less exciting and more practical guys like the e-Golf from Volkswagen. That could be a big mistake to make though. Sure the e-Golf isn’t flashy, it doesn’t offer sports car performance and it won’t take you around the country on a single charge, but it is practical and relatively affordable as well.
Decent Range and Recharge Times
One of the most important considerations to make when shopping for an EV is how long it takes to charge, and how far it will take you once it is charged. These are two areas that the latest e-Golf does pretty well in. The range of the vehicle on a full charge is over 100 miles, and a standard 240V charger will refill the car in about 6 hours, while the more powerful charging system that costs extra can get the car 80% full in just an hour offering around 100 miles on that single fast charge. For the everyday commuter or town driver the e-Golf makes good sense, and according to Volkswagen, when paying $0.13 per Kilowatt of electricity, the average user will only spend about $550 to drive for the year. That works out to around $46 a month, which is pretty darned good for the everyday commuter.
It’s Surprisingly Affordable
The e-Golf can be had for as little as $29,000 not including any tax credit, and it is available for as little as $21,495 including the $7,500 tax credit offered by the Federal government. That makes it awfully easy to build a case for the full electric vehicle. After all, it will get you where you need to go the same as any gas powered vehicle, and it will likely cost the same as any other efficient new car that you’ve been eyeing. When compared to Tesla’s current offerings, it’s easy to see how the e-Golf just makes sense.
Speedy and Fun to Drive
The e-Golf is also pretty fun to drive, though it’s not going to compare with a sports car. The car speeds up pretty quick, with 0 to 60 times in 9.6 seconds. It offers good driving dynamics with reliable braking and responsive steering. The only quirk that you have to deal with while driving is the pulsing of the regenerative brakes, but it’s not too bad, and it means that you’ll go through brake pads far more slowly than the average driver would.
Overall the e-Golf just makes good sense. It’s the most obvious EV choice for a buyer on a budget, and it has a lot to offer.
The Volkswagen e-Golf was already a solid vehicle with decent range, but Volkswagen is working to boost that to all new levels. Now the car should theoretically drive 30 percent farther on a charge thanks to new batteries. That’s a pretty amazing improvement and something a lot of people are already interested in.
The Same Car with Better Range
Volkswagen is putting higher density batteries into the e-Golf that are virtually the same size as the outgoing batteries. That means that very few modifications have to be made to the vehicle to get this tech going. You’ll still be able to enjoy the large interior space and trunk space, but the car will drive farther than before. That sounds like a pretty nice improvement to me.
The current e-Golf travels approximately 83 miles on a charge. While that’s good enough for commuting needs for most people, there are probably plenty that would be thrilled with a longer range. The next model should hit somewhere around 108 miles on a single charge. That’s nicer and will make those longer commutes possible. Not only does it make the e-Golf more desirable, but it helps it keep up with the enhanced Nissan Leaf, that manages around 107 miles on a single charge.
The Waiting Game
Even though this new upgrade is awesome and what everyone’s looking for, it’s not out yet. You’ll have to wait a few months to find out which models it’s available on. Some users won’t be patient enough to wait for this upgrade. On the plus side, if you don’t care about the extra range the older e-Golf will likely go for a nice discount when the higher range model is released in summer.
The good news is that if you were planning on getting the newest Leaf because of the greater range, you have another option to consider. The Volkswagen is known for being outfitted a little more nicely and is an option that many people are seriously considering over the Leaf, the improved range makes it even easier to consider it.