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The Volkswagen e-Golf is the first fully electric car by Volkswagen which was launched back in 2014, however this model is soon to be replaced by the new Volkswagen ID.3 in 2020. Let’s take look at the e-Golf below…
What is the Volkswagen e-Golf?
The Volkswagen e-Golf is the first fully electric car from Volkswagen however you’ll probably notice little difference to its fuel alternative, the Golf. The e-Golf still carries all of the Golf’s attributes such as the quality of build, comfort, reliability, interior space and high standard of technology and specification.
The main features which differ is the sound whilst driving, all you can hear on the e-Golf is the wheels running on the road as there is no engine, the car is fully electric battery powered. The e-Golf can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 9.6 seconds and gives off zero emissions which makes the e-Golf greener for the environment. Whilst driving an e-Golf you’re also exempt from road fund tax and don’t have to pay congestion charge tolls and if you’re a company car driver, you pay zero BIK (Benefit-In-Kind) tax in 2020/21!
The technology and features in the new e-Golf is of high standard and includes Satellite Navigation, Air Conditioning, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, DAB Digital Radio and Heated Wing Mirrors as well as a host of safety kit. On top of this the e-Golf comes with Car-Net App Connect which allows you to mirror your smartphone on to the touchscreen, so you can control your music, calls and apps safely.
What is the electric range in the Volkswagen e-Golf?
According to WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) the e-Golf has an electric range up to 144 mile range, so in hindsight when you add in your usual driving habits, driving through towns with constant stopping at traffic lights and acceleration, you’re looking at around 130 miles. Although the mileage may sound low in comparison to a fuel car, on average in the UK an average work commute is around 20 miles per day which includes the school run etc…, your electric range will last you Monday to Friday without the need to charge.
You may be thinking that you currently fill your car every other week and that with an electric car charging it weekly will be costly, but when it costs on average around £4.50 for a full charge, compare that to fill up your fuel and the numbers greatly differ! You’d only need to charge your e-Golf around 3 to 4 times costing in total around £20 to reach the same full tank mileage of your car; your fuel car to fill, anywhere between £45 to £60!
How long does it take charge the Volkswagen e-Golf?
The time it takes to charge the e-Golf depends on which charging point you use and also the size of the battery in the EV; you’re looking at anywhere between 30 minutes to 12 hours. Typically charging speeds are split into slow, fast and rapid chargers.
Usually home charging points have a power rating of 3.7kW or 7kW which can take between 8 to 12 hours. A 22kW, which is also known as a fast charger can take between 4 to 6 hours to charge your battery to around 80%; these can be found usually at your workplace, supermarkets and service stations. Finally, rapid chargers have a power rating between 43-50kW and can charge your e-Golf to 80% between 30 minutes to 1 hour; you can find these type of charging points at service stations, supermarkets and even electric-only charging stations (similar to a petrol station but for EVs only).
As technology advances for electric cars, the speed in charging will too, so in the future we may see EVs charged in 20 minutes or less!
Overall the e-Golf is a reliable and quality model, so much so, that Volkswagen have decided to mimic the design and technology into their new ID. family and in 2020, the ID.3 will replace the e-Golf. The new ID.3 will offer a higher electric range and include innovative technology features.