Christian drives a Volkswagen e-Golf 2018 electric car.
This is Christian’s third electric car, he’s owned the e-Golf from new and drives between 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and he achieves 120 miles range from a full charge.
Rate your e-Golf out of 5.
Sign-up to Electric Road now to receive a FREE ‘Guide to the Best Electric Cars’, a weekly Newsletter and to win some great prizes!
Why did you choose this electric car?
After test driving a load of electric vehicles I decided on the e-Golf mostly as it just looks like a normal car and the range fits 95% of the journeys I make on a single charge. Longer journeys take a little extra planning mostly due to poor charging infrastructure but that’s getting better every day.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Looks like a Golf
- Virtual cockpit
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- The DC fast charging speed could be better
- At 30 miles range left the heating turns off (at least you can turn it back on)
- The app could be better.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
No faults so far.
What are the standout tech features of the car?
CarPlay is a must, the inbuilt sat nav is great too as the virtual cockpit with the maps is right in front of you, just wish that would work with CarPlay maps too. I’m glad I ordered the heat pump option as it makes a great difference in winter as I like to drive in a warm car and still get a good range.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
By default the car coasts when you lift your foot off the accelerator. I love this but occasionally I like the car to slow down a little like engine braking. You just tap the gearstick to the left and that sets regen level to one, you get three levels in all and level one is the most like engine braking but even when you use the brake pedal to slow down you are recharging the battery too.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Audi Q4 e-tron
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
zappi 2.0 as we have solar panels and it’s great for diverting excess solar to the car.
Rate your home charging unit out of 5.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Bulb Varifair – the smart meter is gen one and they’re meant to be replacing it or making it work before putting me on the EV tariff.
Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.
What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
bp pulse – never had an issue other than the charger being in use.
List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
- bp pulse
- Electric Highway/Gridserve.
Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral gave the best deal.
Rate your insurance provider out of 5.
Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.