2019 VW e-Golf Price Increase Comes As A Surprise

MSRP went up, but it’s now better equipped

The order guides for the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf in the U.S. indicate upcoming changes in prices and standard equipment. According to CarsDirect, the base price will go up by $1,400.

Here are the details:

Base SE trim:

  • 2018 – $31,390 ($30,495 MSRP + $895 D&H)
  • 2019 – $32,790 ($31,895 MSRP + $895 D&H) – $1,400 more
    DC fast charging inlet now standard (previously $995)
    Driver Assistance Package (automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot monitor and adaptive cruise control with stop & go capability) option now available for $650 (previously not available)

SEL Premium trim:

  • 2018 – $38,240 ($37,345 MSRP + $895 D&H)
  • 2019 – $39,790 ($38,895 MSRP + $895 D&H) – $1,550 more
    Driver Assistance Package (with more features than in SE version: parking assistance feature and automatic high beams) now standard (previously $1,075)

We don’t know for sure why Volkswagen decided to increase the prices of base version, as we would expect to see a gradual decrease.

Maybe it’s simply the effect of simplifying offers to cut costs, which in general decreased the number of options and actually increases prices. As automakers seek savings, we will probably see such practice often in the next couple of years.

CarsDirect points out that the competitive position of e-Golf, both in case of purchase and leasing, isn’t too good anymore.

“This month, VW is offering 2.9% financing for up to 60 months, plus a dealer cash incentive worth up to $3,000. In terms of leases, the 2019 e-Golf SE is listed at $319 for 36 months with $2,999 at signing, which equates to an effective cost of $402/month.

Based on our analysis, that makes the SE $72/month more expensive than a 2019 Nissan LEAF S here in Los Angeles ($330). At that price, shoppers may find the 2019 Chevy Bolt LT to be more appealing ($421) for an extra $19/month but a range of up to 238 miles.”

Besides this, the supply of e-Golf in the U.S. is constrained anyways and only 1,354 were sold in 2018 – down from 3,534 in 2017 and 3,937 in 2016 and 4,232 in 2015.

Source: CarsDirect.com

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VW is going after the Nürburgring record with a new version of its ID. R fully-electric sports car

VW’s I.D. R fully-electric sports car, which has broken several records at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, is coming back with some updates to go after the Nürburgring electric record. more…

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Tesla Model 3 Key Fob Review: Should You Pony Up $150?

Since the Tesla Model 3 key fob isn’t free, should you bother spending the money on it?

When people first heard that the Tesla Model 3 would use a key card instead of a traditional key and/or key fob, it was exciting. And, when it works, it really is pretty neat. You can also access the vehicle using your smartphone. Again, this is awesome, when it works as expected. Needless to say, while this futuristic tech is cool, it’s finicky and has caused problems for many owners. So, Tesla has come up with a solution. The automaker now offers a traditional key fob.

The bad news is, we were under the impression that existing owners would get the key fob for free. In addition, we thought new owners would get the key fob along with the purchase of their Model 3. Sadly, neither is true. Instead, if you want a Model 3 key fob, you have to order one, and it will set you back $150. To make matters worse, the fob doesn’t offer passive entry. This means you can’t just approach the car for unlocking. Instead, you have to physically push the button on the device.

Our friend Ben Sullins has purchased the key fob and says he just can’t recommend spending $150 for this device. Honestly, he doesn’t even use it. He gave it to his son to play with on his Hot Wheels set. However, he does note that the reason the Model 3 key fob may not have passive entry could be related to the PIN to drive security feature. We hope that Tesla can update the fob to offer passive entry in the near future.

Video Description via Teslanomics with Ben Sullins on YouTube:

Tesla Model 3 Key Fob Review – Worth the Money?

I’ve been wanting a key fob for my Model 3 since I took delivery. Unfortunately, what I got wasn’t much better than the basic key card option.


Tesla Model 3 Performance - Dual Motor Badge

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Engineering Explained Upgrades To Tesla Model 3 Performance

Explains how the Model 3 rear motor might work.

Jason Fenske, of the popular Engineering Explained Youtube channel, has traded in his Tesla Model 3. His new car, which he says is a huge improvement, is also a Tesla Model 3. The video above doesn’t just fill us in on why he made the switch. It also gets into the inner workings of the Model 3 rear motor and how that played a part in his decision. We’ll give you a quick synopsis here, though, in case you don’t have the time to watch. (We do recommend it though)

When Fenske first got his Model 3 Mid Range rear-wheel-drive he seemed pretty happy with it. It was the most affordable version available, yet still boasted a reassuring 264 miles of EPA-rated range. Sure, there were some issues with it upon delivery that weren’t really acceptable, but those could be dealt with. Still, it didn’t quite seem to spark joy like he had thought it would. The problem, it seems, had to do with the acceleration.

The mid-size Tesla sedan uses a unique type of permanent magnet motor. According to Fenske, it is a permanent magnet switched reluctance motor (PMSRM), which has a higher efficiency while costing less. With no AC induction motor on the front axle — used in the all-wheel-drive versions of the car — the Mid Range rear-wheel-drive version lacked that instant torque that is generally the hallmark of electric vehicles.

Fenske tells us this is because a PMSRM has to deal with a unique phenomenon called torque ripple. In order to this from making acceleration feel uneven, power is meted out in a slightly limited fashion. While still capable of a 5.6-second sprint from 0-to-60 miles per hour, the performance edge felt blunted.

The obvious fix to this situation was the one the affable host took. He traded in his car for a Performance variant. As you can see in the video, he is extremely happy with the new car. Besides having much better panel alignment and only a couple very minor paint issues, it gives him that deeply satisfying instant acceleration response he felt was missing. With 310 EPA-rated miles, it also gives his range a significant boost. Then there are the extra features like “track mode.”

Besides the info in the video, Fenske also answered a couple questions in the text of the video description dealing with the price of everything and how he knows he didn’t get special treatment. We’ve added that just below. Enjoy!

Video description:

I Sold My Tesla Model 3 Mid-Range & Bought A Model 3 Performance!

After driving the Tesla Model 3 mid-range, I regretted not opting to upgrade to the Performance AWD Model 3. The Model 3 mid-range features a unique permanent magnet rear motor, which gives it different driving characteristics versus many other electric cars, including the Model S and Model X, which both use induction motors. This video will cover what the differences in the motors are (front and rear), how this affects the driving characteristics of the car, the mechanical differences between the mid-range and Performance, as well as the overall condition that my Tesla Model 3 Performance arrived in.

How Do I Know I Didn’t Get Special Treatment From Tesla With Paint Repair/Car Exchange?

First off, this seems strange to me, but many have asked if I somehow received special treatment with regards to getting paint fixed, ordering the Tesla, delivery, etc. That’s not how Tesla works, nor myself, but here’s how I know that no special treatment was provided:

1. Both previous videos were filmed before either video was released. I took delivery of the Model 3 Performance BEFORE the video about paint scratches went live. Hence, Tesla had not seen that I had publicly posted paint issues until I already had my new vehicle. The paint video was filmed before I had decided I was going to trade-in the Mid-Range.

2. I specifically selected the vehicle which I bought. I called Tesla to find out what was in inventory, and I selected a red M3P from that inventory, with VIN. Tesla did not choose the new car for me.

3. When I received the Mid-Range with paint scratches, I called Tesla SLC for the fix. I had heard horror stories from friends about the process required to get the paint repaired (multiple body shop visits, coming back worse than before, loss in value from repaint, etc) so I decided against getting the repair and asked Tesla if they could compensate me at all for the damaged paint instead of dealing with the hassle of repair shops. I felt $2,500 was an unjustified payment for the red paint if it arrives defective/scratched. Tesla said they would get back to me about this. They never did before trading in the car.

4. I only put 49 miles on the car before calling Tesla to inform them I wanted to exchange it for the Performance. This was outside of the 3-day return window (we had a bunch of snow after I took delivery, so I waited until snow had melted before driving for the video review, thus no 3-day window). Tesla said they might be able to switch the car due to the special circumstances (71 miles on the odometer, typical 3-day window needs mileage under 500). Then, they told me they could not.

How Much Did All Of This Cost?

– I bought the Model 3 Mid-Range in November 2018. $46,000 base price.

– $2,500 red paint option, $1,500 19” wheel option, and $1,200 delivery. Total: $51,200 – $7,500 tax credit. Actual Total: $43,700

– The trade-in value of the Mid-Range was $43,200. A $500 loss. The $7,500 tax credit can only be applied to the first buyer, so it instantly loses this much in value. Essentially, buying used means getting the tax credit up front.

– I bought the Model 3 Performance in December 2018. $64,000 base price.

– $2,500 red paint option, and $1,200 for delivery. Total: $67,700 – $7,500 tax credit. Actual Total: $60,200

– Total Cost To Upgrade To Model 3 Performance: $17,000

Source: YouTube

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Frito-Lay To Go Near Zero Emissions With Help From Tesla, BYD

Frito-Lay’s reduced emission’s operation will employ solar power, vehicle chargers, Tesla Semis, Tesla Powerpacks, and BYD vehicles.

Frito-Lay is going all out with its emissions-reducing distribution facility. Moreover, Tesla, among others, is on board to help make it a reality. This comes as no surprise since parent company PepsiCo placed one of the most substantial Tesla Semi pre-orders early on. Specifically, the company secured 100 all-electric semis from the Silicon Valley automaker in 2017. Now, Frito-Lay will use 15 Tesla Semis, along with multiple Powerpacks to bring its plans to fruition within about two years.

The facility in question is located in Modesto and is one of the company’s most significant food distribution operations. Interestingly, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has already approved some $31 million in funds for the project. The monies are part of an ongoing effort to help curb air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley area. In addition, the state of California will cover half of the approved funds.

Frito-Lay will use the money to transform the facility in a numbers of ways. Aside from the 15 Tesla Semis, the company plans to utilize the following equipment (via the project filing as reported by Electrek):

  • 38 Volvo ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas trucks
  • 12 battery-electric BYD forklifts
  • 6 Peterbilt e220 battery-electric straight trucks
  • 3 battery-electric BYD yard trucks

Additionally, the site will use solar arrays, a natural gas fueling station, and other electric vehicle related charging and supply systems and equipment.

Source: Electrek

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Honda unveils two-way wireless V2G energy management system

Honda unveiled its new Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), a bi-directional energy management system, at CES 2019. Developed in partnership with WiTricity, the system creates a two-way energy flow between the grid and vehicles parked over WiTricity’s Drive 11 wireless charging pad, which can be used to power car batteries or help meet the grid’s energy demands during peak usage periods.

WiTricity’s Drive 11 “park-and-charge” system is capable of charging vehicles at 3.6, 7.7 or 11 kW. Available in low-, mid-, and high-ground-clearance versions, the system is designed to accommodate passenger vehicles, SUVs and light trucks.

Honda says its EV owners will be able to participate in the V2G program and receive compensation from utility operators. The company hopes to collaborate with energy companies to utilize the system.

“Honda is seeking new partners who want to join us in the development and user testing of our technology concepts, and CES provides a vast B2B marketplace to explore collaboration opportunities,” said Honda Innovations CEO Nick Sugimoto.


Source: Honda via Green Car Congress


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Green Deals: WORX TriVac 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower $72, more

The official WORX eBay store offers its WG500.2 TriVac 3-in-1 Electric Leaf Blower for $72. Originally $150, it’s been regularly going for around $90 in recent months. Features include a 12A motor that can vacuum, mulch, and blow your leaves. Best of all? No oil or gas to deal with. Rated 3.7/5 stars.


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Petro Canada starts deploying its own electric vehicle chargers at gas stations

Petro Canada, formerly a state-owned oil company in Canada but now part of Suncor, becomes the latest oil company to get involved in electric vehicle charging.

They are starting to deploy their own electric vehicle chargers at gas stations – and they are not kidding around when it comes to the charge rate. more…

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Eight Hours Overnight In A Tesla Model 3 In Freezing Temps: Video

How much energy does this Tesla Model 3 consume overnight in really cold temps?

YouTuber Tesla Canuck has been waiting for a freezing cold night to sleep in his Tesla Model 3. The night he chose was a balmy -17C/1F. Of course, he’s sure to get the usual comments that these temps are not truly cold. However, while there are places that experience colder temps, nearing 0F is darn cold enough for sure. We’re glad he performed the test, because we’re not interested.

This is not the first time we’ve seen a test like this. EV aficionado Bjørn Nyland produced a similar video testing a Model X. In fact, the temperature for that test was exactly the same. Tesla Canuck looks up to Nyland and admits that the famous YouTuber inspired him to produce this recent Model 3 video.

The climate control in the Model 3 must remain on for the entire eight-hour test period in order for the car to be safe to sleep in. In addition, this gives us a solid idea of how much energy the car will consume in a real-world situation. Fortunately, the Model 3 has a setting that will keep climate on even when the car is parked and seemingly not in use.

The results of this test are quite surprising. Based on Canuck’s math, the Model 3 used 2.4375kWh per hour. In the eight-hour period, the car was down just shy of 20 kWh. This works out to about 3% overall loss per hour. So, it’s definitely possible to sleep in your Model 3 overnight in cold temps and still have plenty of juice to hit the road the next morning.

Video Description via Tesla Canuck on YouTube:

Sleeping in my Tesla Model 3 in -17C/1F | Surprising Energy Consumption Result

I’ve been waiting for a super cold night to test out sleeping in my Model 3. I spend a full 8 hours overnight in the car. The energy consumption really surprised me (in a good way). A full content index is below in the description for your convenience.


Introduction: 0:01
Energy starting point/baseline: 3:01
My Model 3 bedroom: 6:15
I’m freakin freezing: 8:37
Good morning / lessons learned: 13:00
Final energy usage stats and conclusion: 16:04

Thank you for watching and please subscribe and comment. I love to hear from viewers.

Here is the math on the consumption. I have no ego, call me on it if I am wrong.

Starting point is 90% SOC. Key assumption is that I have all my 75kWh battery available to me with no degradation. 90% of 75kWh is 67.5kWh. Final SOC 8 hours later is 64%. 64% of 75kWh capacity is 48kWh. 67.5kWh minus 48kWh = 19.5kWh capacity used. 19.5kWh/8 hours = 2.4375kWh usage per hour. Queue the mathematicians!! 

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Red Bull Has Zero Interest In Formula E

The Red Bull Formula 1 squad is not interested in entering ABB FIA Formula E “because we’re racing purists”, according to Helmut Marko.

The electric championship has attracted famous motorsport teams DAMS, Andretti and HWA, as well as several major manufacturers, into its ranks since its inception in 2014.

Red Bull, which entered F1 as a competitor back in 2005, does not have a presence in the series, although four of FE’s current grid were part of its junior driver programme at various stages.

When asked why it was not interested in entering FE, Marko told Motorsport.com that it was “because we’re racing purists” and that the series did not fit with its promotional efforts.

“As good as we are in marketing, Formula E is for us only a marketing excuse from the automotive industry to distract from the diesel scandal,” he continued.

“The bottom line is that diesel is by far the most efficient engine. In the beginning, the costs were eight million. Now it’s well over 20. If the really big ones like Porsche and Mercedes come, it will go up again.

“The Formula E cars are like a Formula 3 car with a 400kg battery.

“It is not about being the fastest driver as it involves a lot more energy management than in Formula 1 or in any other racing series.

“They are so slow. It only looks attractive on these tight and twisty city circuits. The huge advantage is that the Formula E is a super marketing gag, in the middle of the cities.

“Ask your girlfriend if she wants to go to Spa or rather to New York! That’s the basic concept of Formula E, to go to the people.

“But there is hardly any public image generated through TV. Only one can win. And when the budgets then go towards 40, 50 million, at least one [manufacturer] will only be fifth or sixth.

“[When that happens] I believe that the euphoria will be gone quickly.”

FE did not want to comment on Marko’s remarks when contacted by Motorsport.com.

BMW Andretti driver Antonio Felix da Costa, who was part of the Red Bull junior team from 2012-13, said that “it’s a lot of things combined that make this championship so attractive”.

Although he did not want to comment on Marko’s words, da Costa said: “Yes, it’s electric cars and yes I’m not going to lie the first time I sat in one I didn’t enjoy it – but I do now.

“We have a different approach to race weekends, to racing in general. And somehow all of us here learned to enjoy that a lot.

“And you can see drivers that earlier on criticised it, [and] they now don’t anymore and they enjoy it – like Felipe [Massa], like Andre [Lotterer].

“Obviously having all the manufacturers here – we’re not just going racing on rental go-karts, there is actually a lot [at] stake here.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News