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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:17 pm 
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IMHO it is worth it paying the $700 to get a L2 charger like the Siemens Versicharge https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-VC30GRYHW-Versicharge-hardwired-installation/dp/B00MFVI8UG/ into your garage and be able to refill in 3.5 hours, also because charging with 208V is significantly (30%?) more efficient than charging with 110V, meaning you will waste electricity by charging with 110V.

Also consider a lease because technology advances so fast, this year Tesla comes out with their Model 3, and also look at the GM Bolt. Both are drastically different cars than the eGolf, which may or may not be ruling them out for you, but neither are much more expensive than the eGolf. The newer electric cars have twice the range of a 2017 eGolf.

That said, I love our 2015 eGolf, been a great car. We put 20,000 miles on it in two years and made me feel that I never would want to go back to a gas car ever again.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:59 pm 
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Skryll wrote:
IMHO it is worth it paying the $700 to get a L2 charger like the Siemens Versicharge https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-VC30GRYHW-Versicharge-hardwired-installation/dp/B00MFVI8UG/ into your garage and be able to refill in 3.5 hours, also because charging with 208V is significantly (30%?) more efficient than charging with 110V, meaning you will waste electricity by charging with 110V.

Also consider a lease because technology advances so fast, this year Tesla comes out with their Model 3, and also look at the GM Bolt. Both are drastically different cars than the eGolf, which may or may not be ruling them out for you, but neither are much more expensive than the eGolf. The newer electric cars have twice the range of a 2017 eGolf.

That said, I love our 2015 eGolf, been a great car. We put 20,000 miles on it in two years and made me feel that I never would want to go back to a gas car ever again.

Normally I would say 'yes' but the Siemens has problems with the EGolf (see other posts)

I use a cheap Leviton I got from Home Depot for $449. (20' cable)
Others here use the Juicebox 40A which goes for about $499 (24' cable)

You can deduct from your taxes the install costs to wire it, and PLEASE get professional wiring if you aren't an electrician. (You don't want a fire in the middle of the night because you used the wrong gauge wire) that should run you about $200-300 depending on the complexity.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:59 pm 
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forbin404 wrote:
You can deduct from your taxes the install costs to wire it


I believe that expired December 31st. Some of the SoCal cities still have great rebates/credits for EVSE purchase and install, but there's currently nothing state or federal to my knowledge.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:42 pm 
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forbin404 wrote:
Skryll wrote:
IMHO it is worth it paying the $700 to get a L2 charger like the Siemens Versicharge https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-VC30GRYHW-Versicharge-hardwired-installation/dp/B00MFVI8UG/ into your garage and be able to refill in 3.5 hours, also because charging with 208V is significantly (30%?) more efficient than charging with 110V, meaning you will waste electricity by charging with 110V.
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You wrote: Normally I would say 'yes' but the Siemens has problems with the EGolf (see other posts)

I think those issues were only with the old black version, not the newer white one that I referenced ?


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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Skryll wrote:
forbin404 wrote:
Skryll wrote:
IMHO it is worth it paying the $700 to get a L2 charger like the Siemens Versicharge https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-VC30GRYHW-Versicharge-hardwired-installation/dp/B00MFVI8UG/ into your garage and be able to refill in 3.5 hours, also because charging with 208V is significantly (30%?) more efficient than charging with 110V, meaning you will waste electricity by charging with 110V.
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You wrote: Normally I would say 'yes' but the Siemens has problems with the EGolf (see other posts)

I think those issues were only with the old black version, not the newer white one that I referenced ?


Not sure which version has the bad issues, but once they start, very hard to fix. If you haven't bought it the JuiceBox is a good replacement.

If you had and it works fine. Well then keep it.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:18 pm 
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forbin404 wrote:
Skryll wrote:
IMHO it is worth it paying the $700 to get a L2 charger like the Siemens Versicharge https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-VC30GRYHW-Versicharge-hardwired-installation/dp/B00MFVI8UG/ into your garage and be able to refill in 3.5 hours, also because charging with 208V is significantly (30%?) more efficient than charging with 110V, meaning you will waste electricity by charging with 110V.
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Forbin wrote: Normally I would say 'yes' but the Siemens has problems with the EGolf (see other posts)

Skryll wrote: I think those issues were only with the old black version, not the newer white one that I referenced ?

Forbin wrote: Not sure which version has the bad issues, but once they start, very hard to fix. If you haven't bought it the JuiceFBox is a good replacement. If you had and it works fine. Well then keep it.


Works fine since 2015.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions for a potential buyer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:35 am 
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To be a potential buyer is not such an easy thing. You should have acquired many skills to choose product. You need to compare a lot of things to decide which one is best to you.


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