miimura wrote:I think this "review" is not so much on the e-Golf as a car, but rather a critique on the state of public charging and society. Personally, I have never had a problem with public charging because I have 240V charging available at home for my two electric cars. I never NEED AC charging because our commutes and airports are within the round trip range of our cars. If I do need to go beyond the single charge range, DC Fast Charging has worked well for me. I have never had to wait for a fast charger while on the road.
As EVs get larger batteries, the need to charge in public is reduced. Also, providing chargers at apartment complexes in sufficient numbers for the residents will also open up convenient EV ownership to more people. Obviously, the best and most convenient EV experience is starting every day with a full battery.
You are correct, it is more of a critique on society as a whole and I feel it's worth stating.
I have watched the EV community drastically change in the last 30 months. In Dec 2015, charging stations were always available and there was a certain chivalry, for lack of a better term. We all knew the reality of range anxiety and had a respect for one another. People would put notes on their dash that said something to the effect of "feel free to unplug me if the charging is down". Heck, some people even made little hangers for the charger that stated what time you could unplug them.
This chivalry probably still exists with the BEVs, but it's harder to see with all the Plug in Hybrids mucking it up. The i3 is an exception, in my opinion, but cars like the Prius, Fusion, eTron, etc. have very short battery ranges and are basically using the charging stations at City garages and Airports are reserved parking.
So the positives:
The eGolf has been a great little commuter. The interior is nice, the stereo pretty good and here is a surprising amount of space inside. The fit and finish is pretty darn good. All and all, it has been a very good value.
Other bonuses: I get a discounted rate form PG&E for registering my eGolf with them.
This car was a vast departure from my norm. My prior cars, from newest to oldest, were an Audi S5, a Pontiac GTO, a Saab Aero, a Saab SPG. There is a certain theme there, so the deck was stacked against the eGolf from the beginning. I in no way regret leasing this little commuter, though. It has been a fantastic commuter, comfortable and solid.
Back to my opinion, though. If they want a bigger market share, it needs to be more than a fantastic commuter for a 60ish mile round trip, flat commute (I say 60ish because I believe a commuter needs to be flexible enough for side trips on the way home).