95GLX wrote:Will an SAE combo plug even work with the 2016 e-Golf without the DCFC option? It doesn't look like there is enough room inside the charge door.
No, it will not. SAE combo is for DCFC only. The two bottom prongs would cause the J1772 plug to not even insert. Even if you could magically get it in, DCFC stations like NRG EVgo will not do L2 charging.
Wait for the SE or an SEL with the DCFC option or give it a shot with the SE 3.6 KWH onboard charger? It's a killer deal, $17K with only 670 miles.
That is pretty nice, but FYI the sale price on mine was $23.5k which comes to $16k after the federal tax credit. And this was back in August. California is still crazy overstocked with them, but North Carolina is a different market of course.
Personally I'd say you have 3 realistic options, otherwise the hassle of fighting over the chargers near work will give you buyer's remorse...
- Get the used 2016 SE and install an L2 charging station at home
- Look around for 2015/2016 with 7.2 kW charger so you only need 2-3 hours of charging at work to get back to full and/or have DCFC as an option
- Wait for the 2018 models with the 125 mile range batteries, so that you don't need to recover a full charge each night.
Thanks for answering the SAE combo charge plug to a straight J1772 charge port. I didn't think it would work, well unless the 2 DCFC prongs just sat underneath not connected to anything. I just don't think there is enough room for that to happen though.
As far as your lease at $23.5 being a better deal:
If you're leasing a vehicle, the credit stays with the leasing company, which is the actual owner of the car or truck. In most cases, however, the tax credit has been factored into the cost of the lease, so the customer still benefits. Lease programs for the VW e-Golf include the $7,500 tax credit to lower the lease payments.
If you leased, the federal tax credit (FTC) is applied up front and taken off the sale price. That is, If you're leasing a vehicle, the credit stays with the leasing company, which is the actual owner of the car or truck. In most cases, however, the tax credit has been factored into the cost of the lease, so the customer still benefits. Lease programs for the VW e-Golf include the $7,500 tax credit to lower the lease payments.
Also, if you purchase, you don't see the full advantage of the FTC unless you owe more than the FTC in taxes owed. I learned this back when I purchased a 2009 TDI and didn't get a penny back from the FTC. A Federal Tax Credit works great if you don't pay taxes all year and have to pay at the end though. Leasing is the best way to take advantage of it if a lease works out for you. The state incentives are different and you have to apply for those on your own but I think you know that already. So, yes, a 2016 e-Golf SE at $16,990 Certified Pre-Owned is still a better deal than a $23.5 lease, unless you get $6,511 in state incentives. We didn't even talk about the residual or trade-in value either.