With every motoring conversation now including the word, electric, customers now must include the potential changes to our national car park in the next decade, as we swap of fossil fuel internal combustion engines, (ICE), for the more earth-friendly hybrid and full electric alternatives.
Volkswagen have gone through some serious financial pain in recent years and albeit self-inflicted, they are facing into the new electric horizon with what can only be called energetic enthusiasm.
This year will see the limited introduction of their new fully electric ID and having seen it up close, it is very impressive, with a persona that is unique to it. Full forecourt sales being in 2021. With this eGolf offer, customers can take the option of a 2-year PCP from, getting into a Zero emissions car now and then move into an ID later, with the security that a strong Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value brings. It must be acknowledged that the e-Golf doesn’t have the longest range in this segment, but I think it has enough about it to attract urban users in particular to its charms.
In the meantime, Volkswagen Ireland have just announced an inviting price for their e-Golf, beginning at €27,895 and €31,550 for the high-spec Executive Edition model. The RRP of the e-Golf is €37,895 – the SEAI grant of €5,000 and VRT rebate of €5,000 bring the price to a private customer down to €27,895. The e-Golf Executive Edition adds ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, 17” Madrid alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear view camera and Active Info Display in addition to the equipment on the standard e-Golf.
Format: Hatchback, 5-door, 5-seat.
Motor: Full Electric
Max power: 115bhp
Driving Range: 231kms.
Boot space: 341litres
Warranty: 3 years, 100,000km
Annual Road Tax: €120
NCAP overall rating: 5-Star
Introductory Price: €27,895
Last year, 2019, electric vehicle sales saw an increase of approximately one-hundred and eighty percent, albeit from a low base. EV’s make up less than three percent of our national car park of some 2.3 million vehicles. There is no argument on the emission-free nature of electric motoring, which when the added ease of automatic transmission and silence, bring a whole new peace to your progress. That progress something all EV drivers needs to have respect for, such is the manner in which Electric Vehicles offer an instant performance more akin to a high-performance Italian supercar.
Mark McGrath, Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Marketing, commenting on the eGolf, said, “The e-Golf has all of the quality, ease of use and attractive design of the Golf, but with a fully electric drivetrain, with zero emissions and with a range of 231km, which is 14 times the average private car journey and more than 16 times the average Irish person’s commute to work.”
Currently, no pun intended, there is a Government funded support scheme in place to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. This comes with the provision of a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. This is in addition to the VRT rebate of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for electric vehicles.
Drivers of an electric car can also save up to 75 per cent of the costs of tolls on some toll roads which can amount to a saving of as much as €500. Plus, there are additional benefits for businesses, such as zero per cent Benefit in Kind (BIK) for electric vehicles.
For customers who wish to move to one of Volkswagen future ID. electric vehicles, Volkswagen are offering the option of a special 2-year PCP. “By getting your new e-Golf with a PCP product, there is a Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value of the car, so there is the assurance that you can be in the latest state of the art electric vehicle, and upgrade to the newer model without incurring as much risk in terms of residual (resale) values as the minimum value of the car is guaranteed by us,” adds Mark McGrath. “With the e-Golf being offered at a price point equivalent to a petrol or diesel model and with the assurance and value that the PCP product brings, this is a great way for customers to start their electric car journey, in a very familiar product. Plus, we can see from the CSO figures that many drivers are likely to vastly overestimate how far they drive in their daily commute so the e-Golf’s WLTP range of 231km will be sufficient for most commuters’ needs.”
For more information, and to find out more about electric cars, log on to www.volkswagen.ie/electric or contact your local Volkswagen retailer.