JT, I have read your opinion on this many times. While I somewhat agree, how do you know what was in the marketing and engineering minds at Volkswagen. None of their marketing material indicates the car is unsuitable for highway use. In fact, allowing the car to reach 85mph and adding DCFC as an option indicates they do intend the car to be used as a car which means highway capable.JoulesThief wrote:As I have stated, many many times before, here, the e-Golf was designed as an urban street city cruiser... not a freeway or an autobahn burner.Voltron wrote:I seriously doubt it. At typical freeway speeds, the efficiency really drops. During my bay area commute, I find myself averaging 4.4 miles/kWh at an average speed of 35-40 mph. However, at 70 mph, I'm seeing about 3.5 miles/kwh, which translates into a usable range of barely over 100 miles.msvphoto wrote:What is your real world range working out to be?
We love our 2015 so much I am considering a 2017-2019 in addition but curious how much range to expect above what we have now. For example, could I make from Santa Cruz to Mendocino with just one DC fast charge mid way (~225 miles with a couple of hills)?
Keep it under 40 to 45 MPH and drive it less enthusiastically, as a utilitarian piece of transport equipment, for function, not for fun, and your range expands almost two fold. The Germans designed it for efficiency, not for best or fastest lap times, or racing, or for closed course competition. An e-Golf is not really designed as a driver enthusiast's car, that roll is for the Golf GTI or a Passat SEL with a 3.6 V6.
All VW Golfs are designed as enthusiast cars. That is how VW has marketed them since the original Rabbit. As a hard core German car enthusiast (6 BMWs, 3 Porsches, and a dozen Audis owned to date) the e-Golf was my first VW and, as an enthusiast, I was immediately smitten. With the low COG, even on crap tires, the e-Golf is a pleasure to drive and handles exceptionally well. I don't hammer it or drive it like I stole it, but I do enjoy the car's capability. Much like I don't floor my 300hp V8 BMW station wagon every chance I get (the gas bill alone would be huge) I can enjoy use of the e-Golf's instant torque from time to time, even with partial "throttle" input.
Our e-Golf is primarily my wife's car. Even still, we are putting somewhere around 80-90% of our total fleet miles on it since we bought it a little over a year ago. (I have a short commute, but lately my wife is driving me to work a couple days a week). The three ICE cars are barely driven anymore and are for range extension and pleasure mostly now. Rethinking the fleet a little bit now.
I am still dreaming of my holy grail EV which would be attractive (and not scream EV) fun to drive from a German car enthusiast POV, have 250 mile range at 75-80 mph in all weather conditions, and cost under $40k new so I could get a 3-4 year old used one for under $20k. May not happen in my lifetime.
It may be that a PHEV like an Audi A3 e-tron makes more sense. The EV only range is enough to get me to work and back and road trip fuel economy is excellent. The problem is, the A3 e-tron is holding resale value way too well to get a deal on a used one. At this rate a used BMW 330e will be less expensive in a year or two (and I am primarily an Audi guy). That was what got me to thinking a 2017-2019 e-Golf used might be a good idea. I think even then I would need an ICE range extender. Maybe an older SUV or pickup I could haul and tow stuff (like a trailerable sailboat) with. The 2000 BMW 540iT wagon fits that bill pretty well, but needs a trailer hitch.
Anyway, thanks to all who replied to this. Sounds like we could make the trip to our friend's ranch we travel to several times a year with two charging stops, one longer AC charge combined with a DC charge. Keep the speed around Hwy 101 speed limit of 65 on cruise control and it might just work. Portland is also becoming a common destination, but Southwest round trip for ~$140 sort of negates the thought of driving there.