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Hi All,

I'm new to the EV community, and collect my new VW e-Golf tomorrow.

Although i have been driving a Nissan e-NV and Leaf for work since 2016, this is my first personal EV car.

My car ownership journey has gone from petrol, diesel, hybrid to now being full EV & i expect my future cars to all be EV from now on (hopefully a VW id3 or Tesla Model 3 if budget allows).

My other car is an Auris hybrid owned since 2016, which i will be giving to my dad.

Having been able to test drive the e-Golf for a few days via the MK EV Experience Centre i was pleasantly surprised with how it was (i will paste my review of those few days at the end of this message).

I have the e-Golf for 3 years and definitely looking forward to using it as much as possible in that time.

Options selected at point of order were:

• 12.3" high res. Info. Display
• Rear view camera
• Heat pump
• Winter pack
• Key-less entry and start
• Carpet mats
• Metallic Paint - Tungsten Silver

I have also installed a 7 kw Ohme wall charger (tethered) and changed to the Octopus GO tariff for cheaper overnight rates between 1230am-0430am (5p/kWh). My employer is also installing a plublic charger soon (rules dictate that i am unable to use the work chargers that we already have), which will mean free charging at work as and when needed.

I've not opted for the maintenance pack, as i will do this separately. I intend to 'self insure' by setting aside x no of £'s each month to cover me for tyres, servicing etc. I will look around for any service plans though. The current VW offer seems quite expensive for what it required.

Anyways, i'm sure i will keep an eye out for various conversations on a regular basis and no doubt ask the odd question.


APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE FOR THE MINI ESSAY.


▪︎MK EV Experience REVIEW - VW eGolf:


Selected the VW e-Golf for a 4 day trial. I have this car on order so wanted to test it with some longer trips. Travelled down from West Yorkshire so had a chance to do this, as well as some local driving whilst at home. The booking process was quite straight forward and communication with staff was also good.

Arrived on the day and went through the formalities as required. The staff again were very helpful in offering advice with the booking.

Was shown the car and had a decent run through the workings of it (drive modes, regen, acc, digital info. display etc.) As well as a good overview of the charging capabilities. The car was fully charged for me (handy 7kW chargers very close by).

The staff also kindly recommended free parking at the nearby Park & Ride and allowed me in the time i had to drive there and leave my car for a few days and then test drove back to the centre from here. They also dropped me back off when i returned the car to them.

Everything was explained to a good standard and all the staff are knowledgable. Nothing felt rushed.


With regards the car itself ... i was pleasantly surprised. It was better than i was expecting. The polar network was reliable and all the chargers i used were in good working order - the charging process was quite simple (place the rfid card against the machine, select your charger and connect to the car and wait for the charger to 'talk' to the car and initiate charging). The experience includes free charging on this network.

In the 4 days i travelled 440 miles, rapid charged on 4 occasions using a total of 83 kWh's, with an avg. Charge time of no more than 35 minutes. All chargers used were 50kw CCS. On the motorway i travelled mainly in the 'slow' lane at 65 mph, whilst hitting 70 mph to overtake when needed. This i found to be the most efficient on the higher speed roads. Although i used the ACC i have to admit i was not a fan, but will hopefully get used to it when my new car arrives in the next few weeks.

When i started the hire the avg. M/kWh on the computer was 3.2. I returned the car with an avg. Of 4.2. I noticed the avg. On the motorway to stay at a consistent early 4's, with local driving hitting close to 7 with careful but not inconsiderate driving, but never going below mid 4's. The car definitely does gain plenty of mileage via regen ... i kept the drive mode in B throughout the hire period, in order to make good use of the high level regen. On a decent downhill stretch i was gaining 10-12 miles, which was great. A full charge was approx. 125-140 miles. The outside temp. Throughout my hire never went below 3, and never above 10 degrees celsius.

If you do ever decide to choose this car in the future as a purchase definitely spec. It with the heat pump and heated seats ... and always carry a couple of blankets just in case. Without, you will need to compromise on the use of the heater and your personal warmth. I only used the heaters when needed to clear the windows and that's it. At the ends of a long trip i could hardly feel the bottom half of my body!!. By doing this you will maximise your range.

With regards range, the car warns you of low range at around 30 miles. It will then warn you a 2nd time, and then a 3rd, showing critical range (this happens around 8-10 miles left). Once this happens the car jumps to eco+ mode and all comfort settings are restricted. I got the range down to 7 miles before recharging.

If i had to pay for charging based on the above and inc. The full battery at the start of the hire, and using the 25p/kWh cost on Polar instant, the cost would have been £22 total. This works out at 5p/mile ... my current Auris hybrid costs me 13p/mile, so a significant saving for me in the future all going well.

The size of the car is very similar to my Auris so practicality is on par. This 4 day experience has given me more confidence with my choice of vehicle and it means that i do not need to be afraid of any long trips (i just need to hope that the charging network, regardless of the company, is reliable).
 

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@Malik84,

Thank you for the review. I am considering purchasing an e-Golf in the US. After all the dealer, state and US discounts the price of the top of a line e-Golf is no more expensive than my Honda Civic hatchback.

Reading reviews like yours makes me more and more interested.

Thank you.

Scott
 

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Thank you for your very interesting post.

Can I just wave a flag of caution, to this point :
My employer is also installing a plublic charger soon (rules dictate that i am unable to use the work chargers that we already have), which will mean free charging at work as and when needed.
You may find that the world+dog also find this public charger, and block it, or get in before you etc and it isn't the " I can use this whenever >I< want to " facility you're hoping.
I don't mean to sound so negative, but just a warning flag never plan a charge point will always be working/available if you're getting there with less than distance-to-home+10%.
There will be a day you arrive at work borderline and everything goes wrong....
Plugshare + ZapMap will become your new best friends - very handy for Plan B planning !
 
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Hi Gladini,

Thanks for the reply. I should only ever need to use the public charger at work may be once a week (my daily commute is a 25 mile round trip) so a full charge at home should last me 3 days with a couple of other short trips mixed in before i consider recharging again. As i work for a local authority and the central government have provided a budget along with some match funding for a few different councils there is an appetite to have public chargers installed. There will no doubt be a partnership with a major company but at this stage i have no idea who that will be (shell, polar, instavolt etc). Many councils are going down the route of reducing their emissions output and one way is to encourage their residents on to a friendlier fuel source. Anyways, my use of this charger when it eventually arrives will he quite minimal.
 

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@Malik84,

Thank you for the review. I am considering purchasing an e-Golf in the US. After all the dealer, state and US discounts the price of the top of a line e-Golf is no more expensive than my Honda Civic hatchback.

Reading reviews like yours makes me more and more interested.

Thank you.

Scott

Hi Scott, hope you are well.

Thanks for the message. I also found the e-Golf to be fairly reasonably priced compared to other cars (the Tesla Model 3 is really expensive in the UK, and even the Kona & e-Niro are pricey on a lease here). I didn't want to buy a Nissan Leaf ad i have been using one for work the past 4 years so wanted something different but at the same time within my budget. Me going on to an EV is more of a personal experiment rather than a cost cutting exercise (sadly my car insurance has doubled so any energy savings will be eaten up by the insurance ... my post code does not help in that regard) but my environmental impact has played a part though .... i have briefly worked out that i will be emitting 4 million grams/km of emissions in the next 3 years compared to my 2013 hybrid toyota auris.

My test drive with the e-Golf gave me enough confidence in the car to be happy enough mentally that i should not have any issues on a longer journey.

I hope my comments help you in some way in making a thought out decision as the mental hurdle is the hardest part in getting over when switching to a non-conventional fuel source.

Good Luck
 

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Hi Scott, hope you are well.

Thanks for the message. I also found the e-Golf to be fairly reasonably priced compared to other cars (the Tesla Model 3 is really expensive in the UK, and even the Kona & e-Niro are pricey on a lease here). I didn't want to buy a Nissan Leaf ad i have been using one for work the past 4 years so wanted something different but at the same time within my budget. Me going on to an EV is more of a personal experiment rather than a cost cutting exercise (sadly my car insurance has doubled so any energy savings will be eaten up by the insurance ... my post code does not help in that regard) but my environmental impact has played a part though .... i have briefly worked out that i will be emitting 4 million grams/km of emissions in the next 3 years compared to my 2013 hybrid toyota auris.

My test drive with the e-Golf gave me enough confidence in the car to be happy enough mentally that i should not have any issues on a longer journey.

I hope my comments help you in some way in making a thought out decision as the mental hurdle is the hardest part in getting over when switching to a non-conventional fuel source.

Good Luck

Hi all, that should read 4 millions g/km LESS compared to the auris hybrid.
 
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