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The Volkswagen Crossover will be the First Electric ID Vehicle in the US

August 14, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Recently Volkswagen has put a premium on producing capable electric vehicles, and the automaker is working very hard to create a powerful new EV that can keep up with products put out by Tesla and other automakers. The electric vehicles are all going to be part of the I.D. family within Volkswagen, and they are expected to be released in just a few years from now. While most people expected the I.D. car, similar to the one that was put on display would be the first vehicle released in the United States, but Volkswagen says that’s not the case. Instead the automaker is bringing a full electric crossover to market first, and coming out with the car later on.

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The Car Releases First Elsewhere

Volkswagen doesn’t plan on releasing its all new I.D. electric vehicles in North America first, and will instead launch its early products over in Europe. The I.D. car is expected to be the first vehicle launched and goes live in 2020. This will be followed up by the crossover and then finally a microbus creation.

A Capable EV SUV

There are no specifications out just yet about the I.D. SUV since it’s still in development, but if it’s anything like the I.D. hatchback that was already put on display it should offer at least 250 miles on a single charge and as much as 375 miles. That’s an exceptional improvement over most current electric vehicles, making it a more reliable option for long-distance travel.

The MEB Platform

Volkswagen spent years creating its MEB platform designed to underpin most of the compact electric vehicles that it plans to release in the future. The automaker plans on using the MEB platform for vehicles like the Golf, Passat and Tiguan in the future as well, though larger vehicles will rely on a different platform.

Release Dates

The Volkswagen I.D. Car is expected to be released in 2020, but that may not be the same release date for the crossover. Since the crossover is going to come out after the car, it’s likely it will be released later in 2020, or even in 2021. That means everyone in America will have to wait longer to get their hands on Volkswagen’s more capable EV than other parts of the world like Germany.

The I.D. line of electric vehicles is expected to make its way to the US in full eventually, but everyone should expect to have to wait until 2021 or 2022 before getting a chance to test any of it out.

Why the e-Golf is the Practical Man’s EV

May 5, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

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.

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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.

New Advanced Volkswagen Powertrain Options on the Horizon

April 24, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen is hard at work trying to make more sustainable vehicles that drivers are going to want to operate in the future. To help create those high-tech vehicles that won’t release as many fossil fuels into the atmosphere, Volkswagen is working on advanced engine tech, like a costing internal combustion engine, they’re perfecting their hybrid technology and also trying out different fuel sources such as compressed natural gas to get around.

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Driving without the Engine

One of the biggest wastes of fuel is running the engine when it’s not being utilized to drive the wheels down the road. Today most engines run even when they aren’t being used to drive the tires of the vehicle, and that burns up fuel just like driving does. That’s why most engines get significantly worse fuel efficiency in slow stop-and-go traffic than it does out on the highway where the engine is being fully engaged at all times.

To answer this issue Volkswagen developed an engine that does away with this problem. The engine relies on what it dubs as micro-hybrid technology to start and stop it depending on need. In other words, for situations where you are sitting in traffic and not moving, or where you are able to let off the gas to do something like coast down a hill, the engine would shut off entirely and save all that fuel that would otherwise be burnt. The small electric power system built into the engine would help it get started up again where it left off, and you would never even realize that it wasn’t running to begin with.

This advanced engine is going to be released in a few Volkswagen vehicles to start with and the overall offerings are due to expand over time. It’s a pretty cool idea though, and it’s more affordable to implement than say a full hybrid electric setup like you would find in the Prius.

A More Powerful Full Electric Setup

Volkswagen is working hard to make full-electric vehicles more capable. One of the major changes the automaker made to facilitate that is a new electric-architecture. The system will first show up in 2020 in the Budd-e5 and should offer an increased range with powerful and efficient driving mechanics. The more potent battery used in the vehicle will allow ranges up to 185 miles, which is pretty significant compared to most electric vehicles out on the road today.

Testing out Compressed Natural Gas

Volkswagen is also looking closely at compressed natural gas as a fuel source. The company wants to test out relying on this type of fuel to drive vehicles down the road because it’s a good way to reduce emissions over standard gasoline or diesel. Compressed natural gas produced by fossil fuels is more efficient and better for the environment than gasoline or diesel are. The fuel can be produced from biomethane though, and when the fuel is made in that manner it’s much better for the environment overall than the other fossil fuels are.

It’s a good time to be looking into alternative fuel sources, which is why it makes so much sense for Volkswagen to be experimenting with hybrid, full electric and natural gas technologies to make vehicles more efficient and sustainable.

Volkswagen is Planning a Performance EV for the Future

January 22, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

When most people think of electric cars, they imagine that they will be sluggish, underpowered and pretty dull to drive around. There are a handful of vehicles out on the market today that prove that doesn’t have to be the case. Take the Tesla Roadster for instance. The car’s lightning quick and clearly an exciting sports car. Sure it’s not a realistic daily driver and it’s not the type of vehicle that most people can afford, but it’s clearly not boring either. Volkswagen’s potential upcoming I.D. GTI electric vehicle is another example of a full electric vehicle that isn’t going to be boring either. It’s still onlyvolkswagen idbeing considered as an option though, and might not make it to production at all.

 

Based on the ID Concept

Volkswagen recently showcased a very modern looking full-electric concept vehicle known as the I.D. It was modern looking with a very cool finish, and boasted decent driving specs. For comparison sake, the Volkswagen GTI can make it from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds. The I.D. does the same task in less than 8 seconds. That’s not quite the same, and the car will have to become faster in order to be comparable to the GTI, but it’s not a huge difference to overcome.

Styling and Power Changes

Before releasing the full-electric I.D. GTI model, it’s likely that Volkswagen will figure out a way to speed the vehicle up, while also changing the styling of the car. Volkswagen will want to make it look more like a performance vehicle, and give it that performance feel as well. Those are steps that will take some added time and planning, but steps that Volkswagen seems pretty confident about.

A Future Option

An electric I.D. GTI model is an exciting prospect, but it’s not something that you’ll see right away. The vehicle will take time to come out, and it’s likely a few years out from now. It’s likely that Volkswagen will release the next GTI and then come out with a full electric version as a subsequent release. The I.D. concept is expected to take another year or two before being transformed into a production vehicle.

Performance EVs are on the way though, and when they’re released they’ll be an exciting option that isn’t available to the everyday consumer yet.

Volkswagen is Determined to Use a Heads up Display

November 17, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , ,

Volkswagen is committed to the idea of offering a heads up display on its ID electric vehicle. This vehicle won’t be available to purchase until 2020, but the heads up display is likely to still be a very exciting piece of technology. The way that Volkswagen describes the system, its will be a holographic overlay on the windshield of the vehicle to help you see better and drive more safely. While it’s impossible to say what features this system is going to have exactly, it’s something that Volkswagen is highly committed to.

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Making Room for the System

Volkswagen really wants to put a heads up display in its electric vehicle. In fact, the automaker is so invested in the idea, that it actually moved the electric motor to the back, just so that there would be enough space to move the dashboard forward to make room for the HUD. It’s something that Volkswagen ID owners are almost certain to enjoy in the future.

Features of the System

While the HUD system is still a long ways away, Volkswagen goes into detail about the different features that should be included with it when it does get released. While running a navigation program, the system will highlight turns right on the road itself. The display will help you spot road turns faster and more effectively than traditional navigation systems are able to, making it particularly useful while driving at night.

The system will highlight potential road hazards so they are easier to spot as you drive around. A pedestrian crossing the street, or an animal out in the road would be lit up by the display so that you have no choice but to spot them while you drive.

Not only is the system likely to warn you about things on the road itself, but it will show off warning messages such as low traction, or snowy driving conditions up ahead. The system should be able to react to a variety of images that it picks up out on the road, which will make it particularly effective.

This sounds like a pretty exciting set of features that will make the Volkswagen ID a cool car to own, but 2020 is still quite a ways away, and the feature list, as well as the concept itself could change entirely before the vehicle is ever released. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on the different features and make sure the car is offering exactly what you want before you purchase it.

The Volkswagen ID Concept Could be the Start of the Future

September 29, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen as been talking about the 2016 Paris Motor Show for months now, hinting that it would be releasing something memorable at the event. Well the event has come and gone, and I can honestly say that the automaker delivered completely with the futuristic I.D. concept. It looks like a little car straight out of the future, and it’s designed to run purely on electricity. If the details are correct, it should be a car to rival offerings from the likes of Tesla and Porsche, and it’s something to keep your eye on.

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Futuristic Appearance

The under-lighting, futuristic rims, and long and trim silhouette of the Volkswagen I.D. make it look like a Golf from the future. It has a really modern feel to it and stands out as something that isn’t currently on any of the roads. It’s a cool looking car for sure, but we wonder how much of that design is going to make it to the production vehicle when it’s finally released around the predicted date of 2020.

A Massive Predicted Top Range

Now you should take any estimates made by Volkswagen with a grain of salt, since the car isn’t going to come up for a few years yet, but if what Volkswagen estimates is true, the I.D. will offer a top-end range of around 370 miles on a single electric charge. That’s good enough for any commute that you’re likely to encounter, and will make even lengthy trips possible without issue.

Just the Beginning

Volkswagen stated that this first Golf-esque electric concept vehicle is just the start of a full electric lineup. Volkswagen is going all-in with electric vehicles, and plans to release a whole slew of large and small battery-powered cars and SUVs for you to drive around in. After the 2020 release of the I.D. Volkswagen will put out other vehicles as well so that you can ride around using just electricity no matter how you decide to travel.

Automated Driving

Not only did Volkswagen release plenty of details about the new electric vehicle it’s been talking about for months now, but the automaker also let it slip that there is going to be an automated driving feature built into the I.D. as well, known as I.D. Pilot at the moment. That feature won’t be released until 2025 though, so don’t plan on riding around without driving at the release in 2020.

The All-NEW VW EV

September 23, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

Volkswagen has been promising customers that it’s shifting toward electric vehicle technology in a big way, and the Paris Motor Show in early October is going to be the first time that you get a good look at this shift. That’s because Volkswagen is going to be showing off a potent new electric vehicle concept car. Sure the car isn’t going to go from the auto show to the dealership anytime soon, but it’s still exciting to be able to get a look at it.

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Impressive Range

The range on this concept car is supposed to be between 250 and 300 miles on a single charge. Not only is that impressively long, but Volkswagen states that the car should be chargeable in just 15 minutes by the time the vehicle launches to the public. That would be a game changer for car owners looking to travel long distances with an electric vehicle. Imagine travelling across country and stopping once or twice to recharge the battery while grabbing a bite to eat. It wouldn’t be a hassle at all, and the process would likely make the trip more affordable overall as well.

An Affordable Design

Volkswagen hasn’t released any pricing information yet, after all the car is still several years away from mass production, but the company assures customers that it will be quite affordable. That’s because it’s going to be designed from standard materials. Picture a standard Golf vehicle, that’s fitted with a power long-range battery pack and charging setup. This Volkswagen EV is going to make use of very standard parts to make it much more affordable to use. That means that the price likely wouldn’t be very high at all, and something closer to in the range of an entry-level luxury car.

Not for Many Years

The idea of this long-range electric vehicle is exciting, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in the near future. Instead Volkswagen is expecting to launch the vehicle around 2020. That means you’re in for at least 2 or 3 years of waiting until the tech is available at local dealerships. Still, it’s exciting to see the technology and what is possible for electric vehicles in the future.

We’ll have to wait for the Paris Motor Show to see just what this new electric vehicle looks like, and to get more information about the actual features that it’s going to have available.

Volkswagen Partners with SMA Electronics for EVs

August 10, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen has been looking to the future for months now, and is working hard to build up a strong platform of electronic vehicles. Recently the automaker announced that it’s developing three different EV platforms that it’s going to use to create more than 30 different electric vehicles by 2025. These are the building blocks that are going to support all the electric-powered cars offered by Volkswagen in the near future.

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Why Partner with SMA?

SMA Solar is a major German solar company that’s been in business since 1981. The company specializes in solar inverters, and it’s easy to see why such a partnership could be valuable to Volkswagen. Having access to custom-made inverters for its cars could make them more efficient, and help to extend the range of the vehicles while minimizing the total battery power needed. It’s unclear exactly how SMA and Volkswagen are going to work together, but you better believe that the partnership will help improve Volkswagen electronic vehicle technology going forward. Whether Volkswagen will just hire SMA to handle creating components for it, or to conduct research for the company, or to just create custom products Volkswagen has already identified still remains to be seen. Chances are good that Volkswagen is going to make the most of the experience and knowledge that the German solar company has to its name.

Developing Efficient Platforms

The first and most important step to creating functional vehicles is developing the platform that they are going to rely on. Volkswagen is currently in that stage of the development process, creating three different platforms that should offer all the functionality that 30 different vehicles need. That means as Volkswagen perfects each of these platforms they are really perfecting a full lineup of cars, SUVs and other models that will be travelling around the road in the future.

It’s clear that Volkswagen is committed to the future, and it’s already obvious they are going to come up with more sustainable options in the future. They’re on a path towards modern vehicles and within the next decade buyers will be benefiting from all the hard work being done now by Volkswagen.

The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf Has Been Named Most Efficient in its Class

October 24, 2014 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

If you’re looking for a highly efficient car for commuting to and from work, or for casual driving around town, you would be hard-pressed to beat the 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf. With an EPA estimated 116 MPG of gasoline equivalent the car has been rated the most efficient in its class. It manages 126 MPGe around town and maintains a firm 105 MPGe out on the highway.

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Impressive Range

For such a compact vehicle, the EGolf manages an impressive all-electric range of 83 miles. While that isn’t enough to take a road trip comfortably, for most people it is more than enough to get them back and forth to work each day. That essentially means you could commute between 30 and 40 miles each way to work every day, or go even further if there is a charge station at your company’s location.

Fun to Drive

Although the E-Golf isn’t packed with a massive amount of power and it’s designed for efficiency more than performance it’s still a lot of fun to drive. It’s quick to start moving thanks to the high torque provided by the electric motor and it’s compact size lets you feel the acceleration and each turn along your way to work.

Won’t Waste Much Power Idling

Another bonus that most people don’t consider when looking at electric vehicles or EVs is that you save a lot of energy when sitting still compared to a standard gasoline engine. While many gasoline engines continue to burn fuel while idling, an EV only uses up energy when moving and can sit still while still being on without using up much energy at all, depending on whether you are using the climate control or not.

Several Charging Options

The car comes with a 7.2 kW charger built into it allowing three different charging methods depending on what you have available. It can be attached to a standard 110/120 volt wall outlet, a more powerful 240 volt outlet or one of the impressively quick rapid charger systems. A basic wall outlet will charge the car in around 20 hours, while the rapid charger can get it to 80% battery life in just 30 minutes.  No matter how you choose to charge up your car, you’re going to be spending less on electricity than you would with a standard gasoline vehicle.

The only true downside to the 2015 Volkswagen EGolf is its price tag. At $35,445 it will be affordable for many families, but the amount of money you save on fuel may not be enough to justify the price difference between this and a more budget friendly vehicle depending on how much you drive each week.