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 Post subject: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:32 pm 
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I purchased my 2018 e-Golf 6 months ago and recently published article about my ownership experience in AutoTrader.ca . Here is a link to the article: https://www.autotrader.ca/newsfeatures/ ... en-e-golf/

I’ve been a car reviewer for many years and it was interesting to review my own car after a full six months of driving it almost daily!

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:30 pm 
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Nice article. I just got a new 2018 E-Golf last week. I think I'm only the 5th in Alberta. I have to figure out how to limit the charge to 90%.

Loving the car so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
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Tom2018eGolf, to set the minimum charge level, the path is Menu, Vehicle, e-Manager, Settings, Charging . However, I think I misinterpreted the owner's manual instructions. On page 266, it states, "Frequent and consecutive charging of the high-voltage battery when the charge level is above 98% can also decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery. Make sure the charge level is below 98% when you start the charging process." I think the "98%" refers to the state of charge of the battery when you start charging it rather than the charging level set in the e-Manager. Further, I think it's possible to set the minimum charge of the battery at 100% because the car automatically reduces or deactivates the regenerative braking function when the battery is close to full charge so that the battery is not overcharged. I've now set the minimum charge at 100% which should give me a slightly longer estimated range.

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
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If you want to preserve the battery capacity for as long as possible, charging routinely to 100% is not advisable. If you don't need the range on a daily basis, charging to less than 100%, say 90% or 80%, will go a long way towards reducing the rate of battery degradation. Of course, if you don't own the battery, you can decide to pass on the accelerated degradation afforded by routine 100% SOC charges to the next owner.

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
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F1geek, thanks. I'll leave my charging level at 90%!

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:21 am 
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CaptainVancouver wrote:
F1geek, thanks. I'll leave my charging level at 90%!


Unless you need the range afforded by that kind of SOC, I would set your charging level to 80%, less if you are able to. Balance that with the possibility of an occasional unexpected trip though. If you can charge at or near the car’s 7.2 kW capability, you can get away with a lower setting, as opposed to only being able to charge at 120 volts.

If you have to constantly charge up beyond 80%, try to minimize the time the car sits at that level of charge by using charge timers set to end charging near your normal departure time.

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
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RonDawg, thanks. I didn't realize that it was so important to the battery's health to reduce the SOC charging level to 80%. Have you heard of any statistics indicating how much that will extend the life/reliability of the li-ion battery?

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
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RonDawg, thanks. I didn't realize that it was so important to the battery's health to reduce the SOC charging level to 80%. Have you heard of any statistics indicating how much that will extend the life/reliability of the li-ion battery?

The 80% figure cited in research is usually relative to the total maximum capacity of the battery cells. VW and every other EV maker has already left a buffer at the top and bottom of the battery in order to prolong its life. So, the 90% that the car is showing you is probably more like 82%-85% of the absolute capacity. If I had a 2017+ e-Golf, I would just set it to 90%. If the next 10% is very unlikely to ever matter in your normal daily driving, then sure, set it to 80%. Our Model 3 LR has so much range that we set it to 80%. The Standard charging mode on my RAV4 EV comes out to about 83%, so I just use that every day.

If you know you will be using more than 75% of the battery, absolutely don't hesitate to charge it to 100%. It's better for the battery than running it down below 10%. Also, since it hasn't been said here yet, if you can, avoid the red zone on the battery level gauge. For example, if you're sure you can make it home, but it will be down to the last 20 miles, make sure to plug it in and charge it right away to at least 25%. If you want to wait for cheaper electric rate period to charge it the rest of the way, fine. That is what the Minimum Charge Level setting is good for. It will charge to that level as soon as you plug in, then wait for the scheduled charging time.

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:06 am 
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miimura wrote:
CaptainVancouver wrote:
RonDawg, thanks. I didn't realize that it was so important to the battery's health to reduce the SOC charging level to 80%. Have you heard of any statistics indicating how much that will extend the life/reliability of the li-ion battery?

The 80% figure cited in research is usually relative to the total maximum capacity of the battery cells. VW and every other EV maker has already left a buffer at the top and bottom of the battery in order to prolong its life. So, the 90% that the car is showing you is probably more like 82%-85% of the absolute capacity. If I had a 2017+ e-Golf, I would just set it to 90%. If the next 10% is very unlikely to ever matter in your normal daily driving, then sure, set it to 80%. Our Model 3 LR has so much range that we set it to 80%. The Standard charging mode on my RAV4 EV comes out to about 83%, so I just use that every day.

If you know you will be using more than 75% of the battery, absolutely don't hesitate to charge it to 100%. It's better for the battery than running it down below 10%. Also, since it hasn't been said here yet, if you can, avoid the red zone on the battery level gauge. For example, if you're sure you can make it home, but it will be down to the last 20 miles, make sure to plug it in and charge it right away to at least 25%. If you want to wait for cheaper electric rate period to charge it the rest of the way, fine. That is what the Minimum Charge Level setting is good for. It will charge to that level as soon as you plug in, then wait for the scheduled charging time.


Thanks for the advice!

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 Post subject: Re: Article about e-Golf ownership in AutoTrader.ca
PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:44 am 
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Here is data that both upper and lower charge limits DRAMATICALLY improve the battery longevity.

https://pushevs.com/2018/04/27/battery- ... s-partial/

Only the e-Golf and Leaf battery packs are passively cooled (of the mass produced EVs) and battery cell temperature control has a dramatic impact on the rate of capacity loss, too. If you truly want the e-Golf battery pack to last, then you need to keep it away from the low and high extremes. Like mentioned above, keep it in the 80% to 20% SOC range (based on the e-Golf in car readout) for the longest life.

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