GRA wrote:Back OT, 200 km/124 miles EPA for the e-Golf may well be viable for a fair number of people as local/commute cars, but only if they drop the base price considerably, to well under $30k. I still think that 150 miles EPA for <=$30k is the point at which the general public will seriously start to consider BEVs, but the 50 extra miles of the 200 mile cars will give them true Regional + ability, as well as buying another 3-5 years of viability as local/commute cars.
I think the present price point is viable thanks to incentives. The ICE Golf starts at $20k. The e-Golf starts at $29k. With the federal and California incentives, the e-Golf can be had for a net $19k. And then you have all of the savings of not having to buy gas, do oil changes, longer lasting brakes, etc. And my commute would benefit greatly from HOV access if that is still available.
The flip side is the likely fast depreciation. But that only really bites you if you sell it or it gets into an accident and the insurance sticks you with a small check. Granted, one could reasonably expect an ICE Golf to run 10-20 years and go 200k+ miles. So we aren't apples-apples. In theory, the e-golf should be able to do that too, just with replacing the batteries, which is probably less than the gas, oil changes, etc. accumulate to by the time the battery needs to be changed. However, as noted elsewhere on this forum, people are reluctant to invest in batteries for a number of reasons.
The above of course assumes VW doesn't jack the price up on the 2017.