Electric Vehicle Charging 101

Everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf

Electric vehicle (EV) technology remains relatively new. Unless you have an EV, you may not know all the details surrounding how it works. And that can be a little intimidating.

For instance, how do you charge an e-Golf? Can you plug it in like you do your lawn mower or hedge trimmer? Do you have to buy a charging station? How long does it take to charge an e-Golf?

Fret not, here’s everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf.

About the e-Golf battery

Let’s begin with the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery capacity. A full charge will use approximately 31.5 kWh of electricity. Keep in mind, the battery will never fully deplete, so you’ll never actually have to use that much electricity to get a full charge.

In terms of consumption, the battery uses approximately 17.4 kWh for every 100 kilometers driven. This is the gasoline equivalent of only 2.0 L/100 km! So if you drive 100 km per day, on average, you’ll have to charge the battery approximately every 1.8 days.

Charging your e-Golf

So, can you plug your e-Golf into a regular residential outlet just like you do everything else? Yes. Yes, you can. Better yet, every e-Golf comes with a home charger for a regular outlet.

But here’s the catch: outlets come in varying voltages. The outlets in typical residential homes are either 110 or 120 volts. Think of voltage like water pressure. At this voltage, you’re not getting a lot of water coming out the spout. It would take between 26 and 29 hours to fully charge the e-Golf on Level 1.

At Level 2, voltage moves up to between 208 and 240 volts. You can install a Level 2 charger at home on a dryer or oven-style outlet. Because there is more voltage—and typically more amperes—charging an electric vehicle on Level 2 would reduce to 4-5 hours. You can also find these at many convenient destinations—grocery stores, schools, offices—for a quick top-up.

A Level 3 charger is a fast-charging station. Unlike Level 1 and 2, Level 3 operates at over 400 volts and the high-voltage battery’s native Direct Current (DC). More and more are being installed throughout your community and along key transportation routes, especially in Ontario, Québec, and British Columbia. Charging time to 80% is only 30-45 minutes, the perfect amount of time for a road trip pit stop. The last 20% of any EV’s battery takes longer to charge—roughly the equivalent of Level 2—due to the lithium-ion battery’s inherent nature.

Locating a charging station is super easy. Check out our interactive map to locate an e-Golf compatible charging station near you.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be addressing all your e-Golf and EV questions here. Check back soon for more information.

In the meantime, find out more about e-Golf or reserve one now.

2017 e-Golf: Maximizing electric car range in winter

Since we first announced the arrival of e-Golf in Canada, we’ve been busy putting the final touches in place to welcome this exciting new model to our popular VW Golf family.

The best electric car for Golf fans

If you love Golf, you’ll love the e-Golf, too. It looks like a Golf and drives like a Golf. All you need to do is plug it in and charge it up. And, if you’re thinking the e-Golf won’t get you very far in winter, we’ve got good news for you.

Electric car batteries in winter

There is no doubt that Canadian winters can be harsh and unpredictable. And since cold weather is a major factor when it comes to EV range, it’s no wonder some Canadians are downright nervous about how far an e-Golf might take them.

In winter, tasks such as heating the cabin can put additional demand on your battery.  Internal combustion engines generate heat as a byproduct of normal operation.  Because battery electric vehicles are so efficient, they don’t generate enough thermal energy to adequately heat the interior alone. Heat has to be generated from the high voltage battery, with the result being a reduction in range. Knowing this, we’ve worked hard to make sure the e-Golf is ready and able to tackle Canadian winters with energy-saving technology that’ll keep you warm while getting you to where to need to go.

Energy-efficient heating

The 2017 e-Golf is equipped with a “heat pump” as standard equipment.  The heat pump is similar to what is used to control the climate in many buildings and residences.  It takes what heat is available from the drivetrain and combines it with a refrigerant circuit to heat the cabin.  The result is about a 30% savings in range compared to an e-Golf without a heat pump.

Every e-Golf is also equipped with an automatic, humidity-controlled heated windshield that can defog and thaw without the aid of the AC compressor and fan, giving you a clear view that uses less battery power.

In addition, standard heated seats allow you to heat your core quickly and directly, making it possible to minimize cabin heat as much as individual comfort allows.

Regenerative braking

In conventional braking systems, the kinetic energy that propels the car forward is transformed to heat as the friction of the brake pad contacts the brake disc to bring the car to a stop.  The e-Golf uses a regenerative braking system that captures this energy—that would otherwise dissipate into the atmosphere—and uses it to charge the battery.  It’s simple enough to use: just press the brake pedal as you normally would, and the car does all the rest.

For those wanting to eke out maximum efficiency—and fun—drivers can cycle through four stages of energy recuperation with the simple flick of the shifter.  Each stage increases the rate of deceleration, putting more back into the battery.  This simulates “engine braking” in a conventional car.  So your driving style can effectively “add fuel” to your e-Golf. Want to see how it works? Check out this great YouTube video by Danny Maynor, Product Specialist at McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach California. He shows us how using the stages to decelerate in lieu of braking sends a charge to the battery.

Heat your e-Golf while it charges

The best way to maximize winter range in the e-Golf is to pre-heat the cabin while you’re still connected to the grid.  This lets you use a full charge to get you where you need to go without also having to bring the cabin up to a comfortable temperature.  It takes much less energy to maintain a +20°C temperature than to ask the car to go from -20° to +20°C, and then maintain it.

Simply set your desired cabin temperature and your regular planned departure time, and the e-Manager will heat the cabin while the car is charging. When you’re ready to leave, your e-Golf is fully-charged and toasty warm.

Dual-Zone Climate Control with Driver-Only Eco Mode

The e-Golf is equipped with Climatronic® dual-zone electronic climate control including driver-only eco mode. That means that not only can you control the temperature on both sides of the cabin but, when the passenger unbuckles the seat belt, their temperature zone is automatically disabled. Just like that. Not only do you enjoy a cabin temperature that’s just right, but energy isn’t being wasted on the now empty passenger side.

Find an EV charging station

Looking to take your e-Golf on a road trip? Find out where you can charge the battery along the way with our interactive map.

Reserve your e-Golf now

If you’re ready to make the move to an electric car, you can reserve your e-Golf now. Put down a fully-refundable $1,000 deposit and we’ll secure your spot in line so you can among the first to own one.

All-New models debut at Canadian Autoshows

Atlas, Tiguan and e-Golf launch at Autoshows

It’s Autoshow season and we’re excited to be unveiling some of our new models in various cities around the country.

As you may know, the All-New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, our 7-seat SUV, complete with 3 adult-size rows, was recently unveiled in Santa Monica. We’re proud to say that Atlas will be making its Canadian debut at the Montreal Autoshow on January 20. If you’re planning to head to the show, you won’t want to miss it. Not close by? That’s OK. Atlas will also be at the Autoshows in Toronto, Quebec City, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

Alongside Atlas, the All-New 2018 Tiguan, will also be making an appearance. The newly-redesigned SUV recently made its American debut at the Detroit Autoshow. Canadians who want to get an up-close look at the extended wheelbase with optional 3rd row seating, won’t want to miss the shows in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

If you’re an electric car fan, and you’ve been waiting to find out more about the All-New 2017 Volkswagen
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f, this is your chance. Climb in and get comfortable behind the wheel before e-Golf hits the streets later this year. The 100% electric version of Canada’s favourite hatchback will be debuting in Montreal and making appearances in Toronto, Quebec City and Vancouver and Edmonton.

Canadian Auto Show season begins in Montreal on January 20, 2017 and ends with the Edmonton Motorshow on April 23, 2017. See all the Autoshow details below to find one near you.

Montreal

  • Jan 20-29, 2017
  • Palais des congress de Montreal
  • 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

 

Toronto

  • Feb 17-26, 2017
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • 222 Bremner Blvd

 

Quebec City

  • Mar 7-12, 2017
  • Centre des foires
  • 250 Blvd Wilfred-Hamel

 

Calgary

  • Mar 15-19, 2017
  • BMO Centre
  • 20 Roundup Way SW

 

Ottawa

  • Mar 16-19, 2017
  • Shaw Centre
  • Colonel By Drive

 

Vancouver

  • Mar 28-Apr 2, 2017
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • 1055 Canada Place

 

Edmonton Motorshow

  • Apr 20-23, 2017
  • Edmonton Expo Centre
  • 7515 118 Ave NW

 

We hope to see you there!

The new e-Golf unveiled and coming to Canada

The e-Golf brings electrifying performance to Canada.

Volkswagen fans across Canada have been asking us to bring our popular e-Golf model north. Well, we heard you, and we’re very excited to announce that the e-Golf will soon be a proud part of our line-up. See its Canadian unveiling at the Montreal Auto Show in January, and expect this 100% electric Volkswagen in dealerships midway through 2017.1

Featuring an estimated range of up to 200 km in everyday driving2, adjustable regenerative braking modes, and a refreshed design that’s unmistakably Golf, the new e-Golf gives you all the fun you’re looking for without needing any fuel. So whether you’re heading to a day at the beach or popping out for some groceries, this hatchback has you covered.

We’ve worked hard to ensure our e-Golf is well equipped for the Canadian climate. From wind tunnels to unexpected snow squalls, winter is something every Canadian understands all too well. So we gave every e-Golf energy-saving technology that’ll help keep you warm and worry-free.

To help reduce power consumption, we’ve outfitted every e-Golf with a heat pump. This feature takes ambient heat from the surrounding air and excess heat from the drivetrain, filters it, and then uses it to help heat the cabin. The heat pump alone is responsible for a range boost of up to +30% in cold weather.3

Another way we’re helping you stay warm without using your charge is with our e-manager. Simply set your desired temperature and the time you’re planning to head out and your e-Golf cabin will pre-heat while you’re still connected to the grid. That way you’ll enjoy a warm drive and a full battery the minute you pull out of the garage. If you forget, standard heated seats will keep you nice and toasty while the cabin warms up.

We’ve also given every e-Golf a heated windshield. A humidity sensor detects condensation beginning to build-up and automatically turns small wires embedded in the glass that heat up and defrost your windshield. This reduces the need for the AC defroster and keeps more energy reserved for driving.

Add in standard LED headlights and LED taillights to further reduce energy consumption, and the dark winter months start to look a little brighter.

We’ll be sure to update you on more details about the e-Golf after the Montreal Auto Show which takes place January 20-29, 2017. In the meantime, learn more about e-Golf now.

LEGAL:

1A limited number of e-Golfs will be available for sale Canada.

2Based on preliminary manufacturer’s estimate. Full charge required. Actual driving range will vary based on temperature, driving conditions, vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment.

3Estimate based on manufacturer’s own internal testing. Effect on range will vary based on temperature, driving conditions, driver habits and the vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment.

Annual Berlin Klassik draws a crowd

Hundreds of German car enthusiasts flock to Berlin Klassik Auto Show.

September 10-11, 2016, hundreds flocked to Guelph Lake Conservation Area to welcome the return of the Berlin Klassik Auto Show. The annual car show featured over 50 trophy classes, a swap meet, car wash and detailing day, and exotic car test drives. With so many Volkswagens on display and Volkswagen enthusiasts at the show, we thought this would be the perfect place to show off some new models.

Volkswagen Tiguan, e-Golf and GTE make an appearance

We were excited to have the chance to bring 3 new models: electric vehicles, e-Golf U.S. model and GTE, a European exclusive, and the 2018 Tiguan European model.

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Speaking of new models, our favourite classic turned modern car was also on display thanks to a proud new owner. The 2017 #PinkBeetle stood out among the crowd in its Fresh Fuschia Metallic paint. Inside the checkered pink upholstery and pink interior accents add style and fun. #swoon! If you’re a Volkswagen Beetle fan, consider this limited edition model if you’re in the market.

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We’ve included some of the event photos below.

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