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15 years later... fully electric.... 2020 VW e-Golf

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So we took home a 2020 e-Golf on April 30th... maxed out the available incentives including a "scrap-it" voucher, and said good-bye to a Volvo C30....

 

Managed to find a "non-loaded" Comfortline with leatherette in a good colour.... was not interested in the Technology and Driver Assistance packages which would have added more than $5000 out the door for what I describe as a bunch of fluff.... fluff that looks like it could act up in the future, seeing as it is all sensors and bells and whistles, and not really anything physical, save for some ambient lights and a 1 inch bigger screen, lol

 

So $41,000 plus 12% tax on the top, less $5k federal rebate, less $3k provincial rebate, less $6k "scrap-it" = $32k out the door

 

Impressions 10 days later?

 

The car at 80% charge has a nice weather range of 230 kms, and charged at home on a Level II, you could quite easily get that range up 290 kms in a pinch if you were planning on a long day or a distant trip...

 

Anecdotally, we are easily able to get the European rated efficiency out of the car, which is 13.8 kWh/100 km, and I can eke out as low as 11.0

 

Heated seats use very little battery range! Heat, AC and heavy fan use obviously will eat up range. That said, even in winter, I predict 130 kms of useable range while charging the battery up to 80% from 30% remaining.... which seems to be the consensus on what to do the majority of the time on a Level II (home) charger to extend battery life expectancy

 

Car has an Eco and Eco+ mode which tame the throttle input, max speed and even restrict climate control in the case of Eco+

 

You can be engaged with the car using the shifter to select 4 stages of regenerative braking - great for everything from stop lights to long mountain highway descents...

 

Lots of free charging infrastructure available, even some BC Hydro Level III fast chargers. Most of the fast charging has a fee, deservedly so, but there are lots of places to get Level II juice without cost. We're only using free charging right now until we move in July and get a home charger installed...

 

Car has power, drives great, and being a Golf (ie: not designed as an electric car), it has personality that possibly is lacking in some of the austere EV specific models other makes have out.

 

True - the e-Golf is now done... but I think this will remain a classic EV for years to come, and VW will certainly do well with their next EV specific offerings if they hit the price point that "average joe" can relate to and make the move on.... The closest Tesla is many thousands more, with a ridiculous software limited range enforced on it... Kia is $7000 more at least... GM about the same... Nissan also, and you don't get the extra range in the Leaf without spending almost $15k more

 

250 km range from 110-0 and 130-180 range charging optimally and depending on weather is highly useable, and we're turning this into a shared car and putting most of the mileage onto it

At 200,000 kms, the car is but a $6500 cost overall factoring in the reduced operating costs and reduction in "fuel" expense - even maintenance is $3500 less over this timeframe by my pessimistic estimate - that's based on 30 DIY oil changes, one timing belt/water pump, a couple tune ups and other various items....

 

Thankfully, we have hydro-electric power in BC, and I hope they will introduce time of day billing, as these cars should charge during the night

 

Buying an electric is not going to save the planet or help climate change in any meaningful way, but I hope this helps the air quality in the Fraser Valley.... Like Mike T, I jokingly refer to these cars as "EEV's" / "elsewhere emission vehicles", and my opinion is largely unchanged if you're in a region that's burning coal to power them.... but since BC is not doing that....

 

Vin # begins with "WVW"... for better or for worse. I would NOT have wanted a Mexican VW though.... so it mattered to me.

 

Fire away!  lol

 

 

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Cool! The Mk7 Golf is a really great looking car, and 230 km range is pretty decent. $32k is still a hefty chunk of change after all those incentives, though. But it's been a while since I've bought a car at all, so my perspective is probably skewed. 

 

Looking forward to reading about your ongoing experience with it. 

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You would be $40,000 out the door with any other EV.... even despite that level of incentives... The absolutely disgraceful Tesla software limited range of 150 km base model you can only order in the store (not online) starts at $45,000 and you can't get Scrap It with it.... The Bolt EV and a coupe of the Hyundai/Kia products have better range, but will run you more $$$.

 

So I think for our first EV, VW, hit the sweet spot, in terms of range and price.

 

They say it costs $100 USD per kW for battery size, and if you are thinking life-cycle impact on the environment etc.... buying more battery than you need should be verboten. Rare earth elements, and mining, and all that.

 

Mazda's new MX-30 should be interesting, with a similar EV range as the e-Golf, but more than likely a rotary engine generator on board to turn it into a longer range vehicle.... we'll see what we end up with in Canada soon enough. That would be a vehilce type I would consider if we should need a second vehicle for anything more than occasional use, which as of late is not the case.

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We've had our Leaf SV for over a year now and am still very happy with it.

Best thing about owning an EV model that's been around for ten years is, there's lot's

of batteries around to use as a replacement plus, there are now aftermarket companies

starting to produce them...

I hardly ever drive with the radio on as, I find the quietness so satisfying.

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Given what's happened in recent months, I'd be skeptical that Mazda has the resources to invest right now in a rotary range extender for the MX-30. Even bringing a new EV to market right now is going to be a challenge for Mazda.

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This morning I was heading over to Vancouver's West Side to bike ride around the area plus UBC  to my amazement,

at the corner of Georgia and Denman there was a Tesla Model S on my left, a Telsa Model 3 on my right and A Kia Soul EV

next to him. Four Electric vehicles in a row! Times they are a changin'...:D

 

 

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Hmm... I sure do see a lot of Tesla product on the roads... but Leaves and Bolts as well...... lol, couldn't resist

I would expect to be able to change out the battery in the VW if it bites to bullitt after 8 years

We are trying to operate it almost all of the time on Level II between 30% and 80%

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