So, here it is, I’ve made a playlist for the VW e-Golf. Sunday I found a new review that was just what I needed to complete the list, and, if another certain favorite car reviewer does one, I will add it to the list also, so, if you save the playlist, you can come back to it later.
The VW e-Golf was introduced with one trim level (loaded), but has just announced they will now offer two trim levels. Most of these videos were completed before this announcement, with the loaded model. The longest review is also the newest and covers what the differences are between the two models (the one by Alex on Autos, the 4th video in the playlist). This reviewer also covers briefly how this model compares with other similar EVs.
In this playlist there’s several reviews, some videos contain repeat information, but, each one has something unique in it, and they all take it from different angles. My favorite review is from Alex on Autos (#4), which I mentioned last paragraph. Aaron Gold from Autobytel gives a decent review and tells you some of the advantages of driving an EV, how far you can drive this one per year only charging at home, etc. (#5).
I’ve included some extras, how Regenerative Driving Modes work, an Infotainment review, no reviewer went over the mobile app, so a couple short vids from VW, followed by a brief Fiat 500e vs. VW e-Golf comparison, a child seat review and, lastly, a view of the e-Golf production line. If you watch everything, it’s about 1 hour 13 mins.
VW seems more committed than most carmakers outside of Tesla and Nissan, to making all-electric cars, and making them available outside of California. Currently the VW e-Golf is available at participating dealers in CA and Oregon. Check for dealership participation if you live in Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC. If this were successful, I wouldn’t be surprised if VW didn’t expand availability in coming years, for several reasons, one of which is the manufacturing process for the Golf line of cars is such that they made it easy to pop in different types of drivetrains, so it should be easy to increase production. Also, VW & Audio make other hybrids and plug-in hybrids in all it’s markets, they have a goal to offer plug-in variants of most of their popular models, and, so, there is talk they may be the first with solid state batteries.
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The Kia Soul EV has been available in California since October 2014, and, due to it’s popularity, Kia has officially announced they will make this EV available outside of California, beginning with Georgia in Q2, and then 4 more states by end of June (OR, WA, TX & HI).
I’ve put together a youtube playlist with 9 videos, just under an hour total time, yes, there is repeat information, but, each video has something unique and the variety of sources should cover most angles. I’ve got first impressions, driving tests, reviews, a range test, and ending with a factory production video.
If your’e considering an all-electric car, this is one of the top contenders. For me, if I were in the market right now, it would be between this and the VW e-Golf. I’m putting together a playlist for that next (it’s slightly newer to the US, and, I’m weeding through european/US model vids., as there are differences). I plan to make similar playlists for future all-electric models as well.
Outside of Tesla and Nissan, VW and Kia seem to be more committed to making electric cars, whereas most of the other BEV’s offered are strictly compliance cars, with very limited production and most only available in CA. (I am speaking strictly of all-electric cars, not plug-in hybrids.)
If you watch the playlist, please leave a comment below! And follow my twitter feed, as I will be retweeting EV/PEV news from the NY Auto show this week.
Electric Car Insider, a publication crowd funded to get it into 1000 North American newsstands this year, of which, the first 2015 issue has been available since sometime in February. I ordered a subscription a couple weeks ago, but, I couldn’t wait for the mail, so, I picked up my first issue at my local B&N bookstore last night, (available at other newsstands as well). This issue has an EV Buyer’s Guide, and more issues will be available quarterly. They cover plug-in vehicles, including BEVs and PHEVs (& EREVs), with articles on charging (EVSE) and other related subjects.
From their website: “Electric Car Insider is the definitive guide to plug in vehicles. We don’t review concepts or vaporware. These are cars you can buy or reserve a position on now.”
Here are a couple pics from my copy, the cover page, From the Editor and Contents, (click on the pic, then click again to zoom in to larger version.) Each vehicle has a full page with high res. photos and specs. Retail $5.95 or yearly subscription $20. (More on this issue here: http://www.electric-car-insider.com/2015-electric-car-buyers-guide.php)
How often do issues come out? Are they always the Buyers’ Guide format?
Electric Car InsiderWe print quarterly. You’ll see more in-between content on the web this year. First quarter is buyers guide, other issues usually more in-depth reviews with buyers guide supplement pages (new mid year releases). Last year we had two buyers guides, one included used still for sale.
Yes, I am promoting a business, it’s a small business, I have no hidden agenda, do not own part of the business, not associated with it, but, I do like performance cars and electric cars even more so, and that’s what they do.
EV West started an hour (or so) long show for people interested in converting a car to electric. EV West does conversions and also sells parts, chargers, and stuff you need for DIY EV conversion. Watching their videos you can learn a bit about electric car conversion or just follow their projects. I hope to one day have my car converted to electric, so, I enjoy this show, but, if you have any interest in electric cars, you may like this show.
The show is monthly, they refer to it as electric car info-tainment, and they will be adding a new show any day now (for March). For your convenience, below is posted the first three shows (they have improved the show each time).
The EV Show: http://evshow.com/ Click on each show to find show notes and links, also links for each segment of the show.
Keep in mind, this is a concept car, it’s not a prototype of a production model, it is only a concept car…so, they can say anything since all their words are attached to the concept car. There is no promise of timing. And, while Tesla is building a battery factory and Nissan already sells many more pure EVs than GM has (Spark EV is only pure EV GM has, and it’s a limited production compliance car.), Nissan has been selling the Leaf for 4 years and will be ready to 2X their battery in a new Leaf…Tesla and Nissan will surely beat them, for GM to use “leadership” in their marketing is just b.s.
The $30K price is surely AFTER tax incentives and will surely be more like $40K or more price tag in reality, IF they can pull this off. It’s also possible, knowing how marketing speak works, that, the car may start at a certain price, but, be a lower range model (smaller battery pack), while the 200 mile range model might actually cost more. They are speaking of the car LINE, not the individual models. For instance: a Toyota Camry might have a base price of $22K, but, to get it loaded with everything you see at the car show, it will be more like $35K.
So, GM is using smoke and mirrors to get attention…putting up a concept car before Tesla is very showy, but, Tesla is actually selling pure EVs as fast as they can make them, and the Model 3 (and a new Nissan Leaf) will surely be out before GM can get this “Bolt” in production.
This is just a show car, they can change everything (hopefully including the name). But, if they actually do this, let’s hope they do it right this time.
Just a quick update to let you know I have not forgotten this blog, but, I admit, neglected it. I do tweet (mostly re-tweet) on cars (and other subjects of personal interest), mainly EVs, and you can see these on my twitter feed at the bottom of this blog, no twitter account needed. Or just go here: https://twitter.com/benji888578. I do plan on posting my own explanation of EV terms, without the marketing B.S. I see all too often…recent news has caught my attention that they are still at it, so, I will be writing soon on the subject of electric cars and what all-electric is, and how some call their not-all-electric cars all-electric. It has created some confusion for consumers, I hope to clear this up soon, along with explaining EV acronyms and terminology.
On The Road App Update
Alright, so, with this update I also bring an update to a blog post from a year ago (posted Feb 2, 2013), where I shared a few of my favorite on-the-road apps. I found that “Rest Area Finder” was not being kept up to date and searched and tried out a couple different apps, I found “Road Ahead” to be a good one for when you are on an Interstate Highway, as it will show you what’s at the exits ahead of you. It has some other ways you can use it also. (This one is free, I’ve heard good things about “Road Ninja” also, but, not a free app). “Trucker Path” is a good one if you’re just looking for a bathroom or gas station, it brings up a map and pins the nearby truck stops, gas stations and rest areas, click on it and it shows how far it is.
For those with EVs, or considering one, I have a few apps below, plugincars.com has a news app available “PlugIn Cars” (via Recargo, Inc). Three apps for finding alternative fuel, “Alt Fuel” is the new one from the gov. that will help you find not only charging stations for electric cars, but also biodiesel or other alternate fuels. I’ve included two electric charger finding apps that I think are kept up to date, “Plug Share” and “EVSE Locator”.
Correct tire pressure helps maintain your fuel economy or range and is good for your car, check it once a month, or, at the very least, at season changes…sometimes, when the weather changes or severe weather, can cause your tires to lose pressure. I found an app that helps you adjust for seasonal conditions, you put in the expected low and high temps for the next few weeks along with the proper psi for your car, and it tells you what psi you should have depending on what temperature your tires are. Tire Pressure Correction or “TP Setter”.
Lastly, a newish app you may find useful for finding local eateries, “ScoutMob“, has a limited number of cities they cover, but, if you live in or will be visiting one of those cities, it appears to be a good way of finding something local and unique over finding your favorite chain:
As far as I can recall, all of these iOS apps are free. (Sorry, I don’t know if any are available on other platforms.)
Please, if you don’t have bluetooth for your phone in your vehicle, remember your hands-free device before you go on the road. If you have an iPhone, it came with a headset (that’s not just headphones, it has a mic too), at least use this. Also, if using any of these apps on the go, please hand your device to someone else, pull over or at least use a windshield or other mount so you are not holding your phone while driving. :)
Here are some links to more information on EV events across the US. In future, I may consider doing a monthly calendar, if I can get it to work automatically, at least partially automatic anyway. (taking suggestions on that, haven’t tried, not sure how this will work w/WP).
This week I’ll be paying close attention to Apple announcements, but, the Frankfurt Motor Show is this week also, so be checking out my twitter feed for tweets & retweets on EVs at the show. My twitter feed has been moved to the bottom of the blog, just scroll down until you see it in the middle. (got a few pre-show tweets there now) Follow me if you haven’t yet. :)
New blog posts coming soon, including my no-b.s. EV glossary of terms. So, without further ado, check out these links for EV events in your area (I meant to do this last week, I’ll try to be earlier starting next month).
Below is from 2011…Tesla’s beginning production of Model S at the former NUMMI factory they bought from Toyota (It was formerly a place for large scale production of GM/Toyota joint vehicles…GM defaulted to Toyota when having troubles in 2008, since abandoned.)
National Geographic’s Mega Factories — Supercars: Tesla Model S
Recently (July 2nd) I posted a couple vids of the New FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. Coming September 2014 will be Formula E racing! Andretti has already signed on for the US, and Fox Sports has confirmed a global multi-media broadcast deal . Here is the trailer: