VW e-Golf Video Review Playlist

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.

If you watch, please like, share, or comment here!

Featured in this playlist:

Alex On Autos:

@AlexOnAutos (twitter)
Alex On Autos (website)

Aaron Gold – Autobytel:

Also:

Kia Soul EV Video Review Playlist

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.

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Featured in the playlist:

Found: Electric Car Insider magazine!

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)

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About Electric Car Insider: http://www.electric-car-insider.com/about.php

Website: http://www.electric-car-insider.com

Direct link to subscription page: http://www.electric-car-insider.com/subscribe.html

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/electriccarinsider

(from FB comments: ”

  • How often do issues come out? Are they always the Buyers’ Guide format?
  •  Electric Car Insider We 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.

The EV Show, about EV conversion

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.

EV West: http://evwest.com/ (also FB link at top of page)

EV West YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/evwestdotcom

EV West twitter: https://twitter.com/EVWestDotCom or @EVWestDotCom

The EV Show December 2014:

The EV Show January 2015:

The EV Show February 2015:

EV Conversion: EV West on Translogic

EV West had a visit from Translogic

EV West does performance conversions, and sells parts for DIY.

Here’s the Translogic full article:

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Here’s just the video on YouTube:

EV Events September 2013

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).

National Plug In Day Sept 28

http://www.pluginday.org/events.php

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Sept 17-19 Detroit

http://ev.com/electric-hybrid-vehicle-technology-expo-sept-17-19-2013-detroit/

The Battery Show 2013 (Sep 17-19) Novi Michigan

http://ev.com/the-battery-show-2013-sep-17-19-novi-michigan/

Plug In 2013 Conference & Exposition Sep 30-Oct 3 San Deigo

http://www.plugin2013.com

Tesla Model S Test Drive events:

http://www.teslamotors.com/events

Zelectric Motors (VW Beetle EV conversion) this month:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/zelectricbug/we-have-a-lot-going-on-this-month/494167447342257

More EVents via The Electric Generation (listings start at Sept 10th-Oct-Nov)

http://theelectricgeneration.org/events-resources/events/

 

In Case You Missed it…

A couple videos for you all:

Tesla Model S gets 5 star rating in all categories of crash tests, the NHTSA Safety Score:

More on the “controversy” here: http://www.cartalk.com/content/teslas-top-safety-score-answer-stars

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

Formula E racing coming September 2014

Formula E

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:

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There’s much more on their website: http://www.fiaformulae.com

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…I leave you with this:

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Electric Car Conversion (ICE to BEV)

My comprehensive no-B.S. glossary of alternative energy vehicle terms & acronyms is going to take a bit longer than anticipated. I may post it in three sections/posts. I will post this soon, and revamp my “categories”, and perhaps change the look of this blog at the same time. But, today, quick acronym terms: ICE=Internal Combustion Engine, BEV=Battery Electric Vehicle.

1991 MR2 ICE to BEV Conversion

Ok, so, this is not going to be comprehensive, just want to show you that vehicles can be converted to battery all-electric vehicles, which is something I want to do (have not looked into yet) with my Acura RSX. So, first, here is an example of a 1991 MR2 conversion:

EV West supplies Motors, Batteries, Chargers and other components, and is working on conversion guides. http://www.evwest.com/

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Gladstone OR High School Project

Why Gladstone High School (Gladstone Electric Vehicle Organization) Wants to Build an Electric Truck.

“We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline.”

I think this is a great idea, not only for a High School project, but I think making this may help bring back the small pickup, but it’ll be a BEV pickup!

Check out the video and article here (and maybe you can help, too): http://incited.org/projects/gladstone-electric-vehicle-organization-project-s10-e-it-s-electric

A Few (not-so-new) Videos on Electric Cars

Jay Leno Compares New and 100-Year Old Electric Cars

(2010 vid)

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The Ford Focus Electrics in above video…I think they are pre-prodution test units.

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From Jan ’13: Testing Electric Vehicles in the Real World Edmunds.com

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Full results from test in above video: http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/testing-electric-vehicles-in-the-real-world.html

Note that Coda has had problems, the BMW Active E is not coming to production, but the i3, which is more of a compliance vehicle (due in US next spring). Would like to see some more of these types of tests, now that there are more all-electric cars available.

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Track Tested: 2012 Tesla Model S — Edmunds.com

This is a video from one of the first production Tesla Model S P85 performance sedans