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Wolfsburg, 08 February 2018

300 Kilometers is sufficient, isn't it?

Some thoughts on the reach of the e-Golf1.

Modern electric cars like the new Volkswagen e-Golf achieve an operating radius of about 300 km. It's no secret that comparable diesel or gasoline models can drive much further with a full tank. But really, who actually has a problem with that?

An e-Golf also loves long-distance driving.

The Electric Car as a Trump Card
We love numbers, particularly when it comes to comparing cars. How quick from zero to sixty? What's the fuel consumption?
For us car buyers this information carries a lot of weight in our decision-making process. And the mechanisms involved are almost as simple as those in playing trump cards, back in the day. You put the cards side by side and immediately recognize the model that comes out ahead.

The new e-Golf can drive 300 km on a single charge.

Whether the vehicle's full power is actually needed or we want to leave people in the dust at each and every traffic light, is completely secondary. Most people only care about the car's theoretical potential. If you only compare the range of a conventional car to that of an electric vehicle, this round of the game will have a foreseeable outcome.
With a full tank of gas, filled up with about 50 liters, a Golf with a regular combustion engine gets a range of about 700 km, compared to 300 km with an e-Golf. It seems that the combustion engine is ahead on this one. Or is it?

Charge it anywhere
This seems to be a clear disadvantage of electric cars. But, wait a second. That's only part of the truth, because electric cars don't need gas stations. They can be charged at any available power outlet: At home, at the supermarket or even downtown while shopping. Those who used to go to their local filling station once a week, no longer have to. Instead, you just plug in the car whenever it's convenient.

Setting a comfortable temperature with an app.

In addition, there is one aspect of these two propulsion concepts that is always neglected in conversations. Electric motors can function as generators and thereby recuperate braking power, making it possible to significantly increase driving range – something a conventional car can't do. This feature is called recuperation and represents a true ace in the hole. Another ace is the standard auxiliary heating and cooling system. This lets you heat or cool the passenger compartment, prior to driving. In conventional cars, this would be a very costly option, indeed.

Statistically secure
Apart from the many advantages of modern electric cars, a range of 300 km is more than enough when you consider the length of trips most people take. Statistically, the average person commutes about 25 kilometers to work. That's 50 kilometers a day.

The Golf GTE2 Hybrid can drive 50 km on electric power alone.

Even the small lithium-ion battery in the Golf GTE2 plug-in hybrid is big enough to handle this task. With its capacity of 8.7 kilowatt hours it will take you 50 km on electricity alone, emission-free. The battery in the e-Golf, on the other hand, is four times bigger than that in the GTE and, fully charged, would last an entire week in this scenario. Taking that into consideration, electric cars are quite on par with conventional engines when it comes to commuting.

High-Power Charging Stations for shorter Stops
Those who use their car to go on holiday, shouldn't have any problems finding fast charging stations on most major roads in central Europe. And coffee or bathroom breaks are happening anyway, on those long road trips. Safety institutes and authorities recommend a ten to twenty-minute break for every two hours of driving.

Fast-charging stations with a power of up to 350 kW.

That's all the time electric cars need to recharge on a high-power charging station (HPC), and once all of the 400 high-power charging stations of the IONITY manufacturer alliance have been installed, charging stops will only take ten minutes to complete.  

New I.D. Family with a range of more than 400 km
It's not just the charging infrastructure that grows by leaps and bounds. Lithium-ion batteries, too, are becoming ever more powerful. The next generation of electric cars, such as Volkswagen's I.D. family (premiere in 2020), is said to offer ranges of 400 to 600 km.
 
Until then, manufacturers offer their electric car customers the opportunity to rent conventional cars for long-distance road trips. Volkswagen, for example, lets e-Golf buyers rent a regular car for 30 days each year, free of charge. In effect, you can commute to work with an e-Golf and go on vacation with a Passat station wagon. Now, that's two trump cards in one hand!

Volkswagen's new family of electric cars is getting ready for launch.

e-Golf: Electrical consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined), CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined), efficiency class: A+.
Golf GTE: Fuel consumption, l/100 km: 1.8 - 1.6 (combined); electrical consumption, kWh/100 km: 12 - 11.4 (combined); CO2-emissions in g/km: 40 - 36 (combined), efficiency class: A+.

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