This month we have already been taking the first deliveries of the 100% electric e-Golf (you can find out more about the e-Golf here).
We thought it might be helpful to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about electric cars
Q. How far can I drive in an electric car?
A. This is one of the most frequently asked questions about electric cars. The answer to this is not quite definitive. This is mainly due to the fact that the range of electric cars is constantly improving. That being said, the new Volkswagen e-Golf can reach a range of 125 -144 miles on a single charge. It also depends on how you drive the car. Fear not though, the technology packed into the dashboard will keep you updated regularly and give you plenty of notice prior to running out of charge.
Q. Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
A. Electric vehicles can be charged at home or anywhere there is a Pod Point. Tesco’s recently announced a new partnership with Pod Point provide 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 store car parks in the next 3 years. This will mean you will never have to worry about not being able to charge your vehicle. For now, you EV will direct you to the nearest charging point when you start to run low on charge.
Q. How long does it take to charge my EV?
A. This is a tricky question because there are several factors to consider such as the car model and the battery size. Pod Point advises that it can take anywhere from 30minutes to 12hrs depending on the charger. It usually works out as the following:
|3.7kW Charger||7kW Charger|
|Charging Speed (Up to)||15 miles of range per hour||30 miles of range per hour|
|Typically found:||At home||Homes, Workplace, Public Places|
Some motorway stations are able to offer rapid chargers which can potentially charge your vehicle up top 80% in less than 30 minutes.
The new e-Golf can complete a full charge in 4-5 hours when used with a 6.6kW charging point instead of charging using a 3-pin plug socket.
Q. How much does it cost to charge my electric vehicle?
A. This ultimately depends on how much you need to charge your battery. Based upon electricity costing around 10p per kWh overnight, charging an e-Golf at home would cost around 2p per mile (approximately). There are plenty of public charging stations that are free to use as well so it is worth researching your local area. If you are driving a commute of around 20 miles a day you can expect it to cost around 40p per day.
Q. What about the maintenance and servicing of an EV? Are there any additional costs?
A. An electric vehicle contains many of the same parts as a normal vehicle with the exception of a combustion engine. This means a lot of the checks carried out such as fluid replacements etc during a servicing would be the same as a normal car. The only real difference would be a thorough battery and electronics healthcare check. As a result, there shouldn’t be any additional costs but do check before booking a service. It is also worth checking to make sure that your electric vehicle is covered in your service plan.
Q. Why would I want an electric vehicle?
A. EV’s have no tailpipe emissions which mean they are much more environmentally friendly. They are also much cheaper to run than a standard car. Ultimately though it is about the driving experience. While your journey is likely to be quieter due to lack of a combustion engine, you will still benefit from the enhanced performance and features of an EV. The record-breaking Volkswagen I.D.R run on Pikes peak shows just how powerful electric car performance can be and this something that is continually being improved as technology develops further.
Q. What Volkswagen fully electric vehicles can I purchase and when will they be available?
A. At the moment, the two fully electric models we have available are the e-Up! And the e-Golf. There will be new additions to the range being announced throughout the year so stay tuned.
5,000 production models of the e-Golf will be making their way into the UK during the first half of 2019. Here at Trust, we are already taking delivery of e-Golf and our sales team are on hand to help assist with your orders.
Hopefully, this has answered some of your questions and concerns about electric vehicles. Of course, if you have any further questions or want to make enquiries about purchasing an e-Golf, you can contact our Sales Team for more information.