Initially, electric vehicles (EVs) can be more expensive to buy, with the E-Golf starting around £29,000. However, running and maintenance costs are significantly lower than that of a petrol or diesel car. In the UK, you could be eligible for a government grant of up to £3,500 (depending on the type of EV you want to buy) and there are savings on fuel costs, tax, congestion charges (where applicable), parking and car maintenance! View our E-Golf range here.
In line with government legislation, lots of manufacturers are getting in on the EV scene, including Volkswagen, with many more makes and models in the pipeline. From the ID. range, which includes the ID. 3, to the E-Golf, it’s exciting times for electric vehicles at Volkswagen.
Like a lot of the aspects of EVs, this is very varied and can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point you are plugged into. Most EVs are chargeable at home and this can be done overnight, and with the development of wireless charging, those who do not have access to off-street parking will now be able to charge their E-Golf on their doorstep too!
This, again, is dependent on several factors including type of battery, charging habits and environment, or more specifically temperature. Lead-acid batteries may not even last a year whereas lithium-ion batteries, the most common battery used in EVs, could last up to 10 years! However, if you overcharge or drain the battery too much, or you live in a warmer climate, this could also contribute to degradation.
Range anxiety is definitely a thing and it is understandable that people would worry about how far they could go in an EV! Depending on the car, you could get anywhere between approximately 50 and 300 miles on a single charge. The E-Golf has a range of approximately 144 miles, whilst the ID. 3 is set to have a range of up to 341 miles, and with the announcement that there are now more electric vehicle charging points than petrol stations across the UK, you will no longer have to worry about getting stranded in your electric Volkswagen.