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by f1geek
Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 18759

Re: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences

Read the fine print. I get it. JT probably knows this as he is a VW return customer. I am also a return customer - my first car was a 1991 GTI 16V and this e-Golf is my first experience driving a VW since 1996 (when the GTI was stolen). On VW's website it says: "The e-Golf. All Golf, no gas. Looks l...
by f1geek
Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 18759

Re: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences

And Ronald B. Vlack is an expert on the e-Golf battery? Who is this guy? Is he one of the German engineers who developed the e-Golf? I love the statement that says " Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging).." So does that mean 240 V is high voltage? What other type of ...
by f1geek
Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 18759

Re: nrg EVGo MA DC Combo charger experiences

JT, Can you please verify that it would void the warranty? I am completely serious about this. Would you please find out? I have had conversations with VW customer care about this topic and all they say is "recommend" and they use very careful language. I'm not convinced it would void the warranty. ...
by f1geek
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the e-Golf
Topic: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?
Replies: 25
Views: 12798

Re: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?

It depends on the top speed in the HOV lane during his commute. If he's moving along at 40 mph, then if he drives in Eco mode he may use up much less than half the battery every day. Averaging 5 miles per kWh (a value I achieve frequently with an 8 mile commute, 5 miles of which is freeway travel), ...
by f1geek
Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the e-Golf
Topic: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?
Replies: 25
Views: 12798

Re: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?

Let's not confuse people. 200 V x 30A = 6kW charge rate . 208 V x 30A = 6.2 kW charge rate . 240V x 30A = 7.2kW charge rate . 115V x 12A = 1.4 kW charge rate. Public stations are usually 208 V so 6.2kW/1.4kW=4.4 times faster than charging at 115 V at 12A at home. If you are stuck with a 3.6kW on boa...
by f1geek
Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the e-Golf
Topic: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?
Replies: 25
Views: 12798

Re: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?

JT has a few good points, but I encourage everyone who has a reasonable commute and is willing to be a bit flexible to drive an EV. You can be sure you are always buying American fuel (maybe even fully renewable, like I do) and are not supporting the Saudis, Russians, and a lot of other regimes that...
by f1geek
Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the e-Golf
Topic: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?
Replies: 25
Views: 12798

Re: Is a 2015 Limited right for me?

I believe the 2015 e-Golf LE has both 7.2kW AC charger on board (30 amp, 240 V) and DC Fast charging. Even if you always charge at 120V, 12 A it's nice to have the option to publicly charge at almost 7.2 kW (many stations will only get you around 6 kW) and also have the DC fast charge option if you ...
by f1geek
Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Local / Regional Discussions
Topic: Charging networks in SF Bay Area?
Replies: 6
Views: 6849

Re: Charging networks in SF Bay Area?

You should also get the Greenlots RFID card, too. There is a free Greenlots dual standard DCFC in Belmont at the VW headquarters (shows up on the e-Golf Nav system, too). It's an Efecec 50 kW unit and I've used it several times. I love seeing the fuel gauge slowly increase before my eyes. I wish VW ...
by f1geek
Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Optimizing long distance travel speed vs charging time
Replies: 3
Views: 3507

Re: Optimizing long distance travel speed vs charging time

Assume the weather is nice and the road is flat. Let's take the extreme case of crawling along and getting 6 mpkWh - I'm guessing your average speed would be about 25 mph. This will get you 134 miles (5.4 hrs) assuming you drain the battery down to 8% of the full 24.2 kWh (drain down to 1.9 kWh). St...
by f1geek
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: General / Main e-Golf Owners Forum
Topic: Winter Range/MpkWh WAY Down
Replies: 6
Views: 6342

Re: Winter Range/MpkWh WAY Down

You might want to plug in the car at home: even using the included L1 charger overnight will give you about 3-5 miles of range per hour (depending on the weather) so you won't be worrying about running out of energy on the way to work. Also, you might want to pre-heat the car to 72 F while plugged i...

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