Why the 2017 Volkswagen eGolf is the Practical EV
Electric vehicles are still new and exciting, and while many people would like to own one at some point, most don’t believe that they can actually afford to do so right now. That might be true when looking at luxury EVs like the Tesla Roadster or the Model S, but that’s not necessarily true with more practical vehicles like the Volkswagen e-Golf. Sure it might not be as exciting, or as heavily covered by the media, but it drives around on electricity alone, it has a decent range and it’s a good solid option for the practical among us, or the people that want an EV without an outrageous price tag attached.
It’s Pretty Affordable
The e-Golf is an affordable vehicle in a few different ways. The first is the cost to purchase it. You should expect to pay near $30,000 without any tax credits, but the price drops down in the low 20’s with the Federal tax credit applied. That makes the car just about as affordable as most other cars that you can buy today, and it will save you even more down the road as well. Drivers in states with affordable electric prices should expect to cut their annual travel costs nicely. If you paid about $0.13 per kw of electricity at home, you would spend $550 driving an average number of miles each year. That’s likely less than you spend right not if you drive the average amount with your current vehicles. Not to mention that you’ll cut down on maintenance costs with no oil change and fewer brake jobs needed. Overall the e-Golf might actually save you some money while helping the environment.
Good Solid Handling
You won’t confuse the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf with any sports car that you’ve been in, but you might not realize that you’re driving an electric vehicle either. It’s quick and peppy from a standstill, especially at the lowest speed range that you’d experience around town. The car can travel from 0 to 60 in 9.6 seconds, and it’s light on its feet even when you take it out onto the highway.
Helping the Environment
Let’s not forget that operating an EV is better for the environment. Using an electric vehicle on a daily basis will help keep pollutants out of the air in your local community, and things will only improve as more power companies switch to using renewables to generate their power. Some EV owners are coupling their car with solar panels at home for increased savings and more environmental benefits as well.
The e-Golf isn’t the right car for everyone, and it isn’t even the right EV for everyone, but it’s one of the most practical options currently, and if you’re looking for an EV right now, it’s the vehicle to buy.