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VIDEO: Volkswagen e-Golf - electric car nirvana

Published 18 August 2017

Electric cars will shortly be the law...well, not that shortly, and not necessarily either - science still has 20-odd years to discover some amazing new clean power source. 

For now though, electric cars are rapidly charging into the mainstream and it's because of stuff like this, the latest e-Golf. New and improved for the 2018 model year, it's now got a realistic 120-mile battery range, but is in every other way just like any other Golf. 

Hit play above to get Mark's take on it. 

Comments

G Richardson    on 20 August 2017

Sound.s like a good car, but when ever a electric car is profiled it never give's information of distance it can cover with heated seat's on in winter, light's on fully loaded.
Basic worst case senerio in traffic at night freezing cold, 100 mile's to do then there is a 50 mile diversion' whoop's battery going flat where nearest charge point this time of night will I get there!.
Being I am human and did know about diversion and ther was no information available prior trip.
Electric car only good for local run around where you know you can get a charge and not get caught out to much.
I will be happear with electric car's when I can do 200 mile on a charge with a 100 mile reserve, knowing every garage has a charging point.
In town right now electric car's great,but to expensive a payout for most of us.
Information on how expensive a new battery cost's on replacement if car is kept longer than few year's,should battery degrade over time should be an available estimate.

jobbo231048    on 21 August 2017

How long will the waiting line be for the ONE charging point at garages?
Maybe you will need a tent and a means of cooking a meal while you are sat pulling you hair out!

Alan Barnes    on 21 August 2017

Sound.s like a good car, but when ever a electric car is profiled it never give's information of distance it can cover with heated seat's on in winter, light's on fully loaded. Basic worst case senerio in traffic at night freezing cold, 100 mile's to do then there is a 50 mile diversion' whoop's battery going flat where nearest charge point this time of night will I get there!. Being I am human and did know about diversion and ther was no information available prior trip. Electric car only good for local run around where you know you can get a charge and not get caught out to much. I will be happear with electric car's when I can do 200 mile on a charge with a 100 mile reserve, knowing every garage has a charging point. In town right now electric car's great,but to expensive a payout for most of us. Information on how expensive a new battery cost's on replacement if car is kept longer than few year's,should battery degrade over time should be an available estimate.

I agree entirely.It is too easy to get hyped up over the virtues of diesel vs petrol vs electric vs hybrids etc.I find however that depite the decision to ban everything that is not electrically powered [except heavy goods vehicles /buses/ trains/boats/ships/aircraft and other things which can't think of at this moment in time]the media and others have not exactly laid out an enticing case for owning such vehicles in the near future.As this guy on the video shows all too well with the stupid interjection of "music" and video clips which are both annoying and have nothing what-so-ever to do with the subject other than dumb-down the facts and made me turn it off well before it was finished.

Please get someone on that actually has an input which might actually help the rest of us understand what is going on as well as informing us of the VW product itself.

Hopefully the various concerns involved with this issue [especially the vehicle manufacturers] will have much better solutions in the intervening years, which I am sure they will...that's just the nature of the beast.

TICKENHAMTIGER    on 22 August 2017

Sound.s like a good car, but when ever a electric car is profiled it never give's information of distance it can cover with heated seat's on in winter, light's on fully loaded. Basic worst case senerio in traffic at night freezing cold, 100 mile's to do then there is a 50 mile diversion' whoop's battery going flat where nearest charge point this time of night will I get there!. Being I am human and did know about diversion and ther was no information available prior trip. Electric car only good for local run around where you know you can get a charge and not get caught out to much. I will be happear with electric car's when I can do 200 mile on a charge with a 100 mile reserve, knowing every garage has a charging point. In town right now electric car's great,but to expensive a payout for most of us. Information on how expensive a new battery cost's on replacement if car is kept longer than few year's,should battery degrade over time should be an available estimate.

I agree entirely.It is too easy to get hyped up over the virtues of diesel vs petrol vs electric vs hybrids etc.I find however that depite the decision to ban everything that is not electrically powered [except heavy goods vehicles /buses/ trains/boats/ships/aircraft and other things which can't think of at this moment in time]the media and others have not exactly laid out an enticing case for owning such vehicles in the near future.As this guy on the video shows all too well with the stupid interjection of "music" and video clips which are both annoying and have nothing what-so-ever to do with the subject other than dumb-down the facts and made me turn it off well before it was finished.

Please get someone on that actually has an input which might actually help the rest of us understand what is going on as well as informing us of the VW product itself.

Hopefully the various concerns involved with this issue [especially the vehicle manufacturers] will have much better solutions in the intervening years, which I am sure they will...that's just the nature of the beast.

i agree whleheartedly about this presenter. I find him really irritating. i only watched this one because it was about the electric version. Appears to be way behind the the Tesla. Why not mention the Audi e-tron? At the present time I think hybrid is probably better than pure electric or plug-in hybrid. No mention of that.

C.wardrop    on 21 August 2017

Not a hope for all-electric cars, pending decent range, charging access, batteries safe in a collision and, then, safe access for rescuers as well as for human "contents," which are all lacking now. Moreover, the alleged climate hazards and health hazards of internal combustion engined-cars are, now of little or no adverse consequence.

A very premature and as yet entirely inappropriate decision.

Brian Kain    on 22 August 2017

Does this guy really drive holding his mobile phone and expect us to take notice of him?

GlassHalfHull    7 days ago

Mark's videos are excellent. One day soon the BBC will be poaching him for whatever replaces Top Gear. Cars should be fun, and if the manufacturers can't inject it, at least Mark does his bit. A must watch, whatever he's reviewing.

Captain-Cretin    4 days ago

I foresee a future where motorways have induction charging lanes, and your electric vehicle is powered by that, with the battery kept topped up until you leave the motorway and go into an urban area.

Perhaps the government and car makers should start thinking about that right now, and plan to get it fitted to the inside lane at the very least.

This will remove the range anxiety for 90% of the population.

This would also allow for eHGVs and coachs to replace diesel, as it is well known that THEY produce far more pollution that all the other road users put together.

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