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Old July 11th, 2019, 16:10   #46
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All of us that are getting the $10K off MSRP had to take VW financing. Planning on paying it off at the first payment.

KLXD, I don’t think any dealer I contacted read what I entered and requested before contacting me.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 22:06   #47
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Yep, $10k off of $32.8k. He didn't know anything about the rebates. I'll have to check that out myself. I wonder how much more they'll come down.

Check the fine print. You may not be able to pay it off that quick without a penalty.

I get power from the LA DWP not Edison so I have to see what they offer.

CA isn't giving anything now so I have to see if you get on a list for when the money's available again or if you have to wait to buy until it is.

Then there's the cost of the charging outlet. I'd do it myself but I have no idea what they cost.

Is it just 240 AC and the rectifier's built into the car? I haven't found that yet.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 07:11   #48
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Costco sells a charging unit but I have no idea how it's hooked up to your service or if the plugs will work on the VW.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 08:22   #49
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The literature says the eGolf comes with a 7.2kW onboard charger. So you'd want a 40 or 50 amp 240V circuit for home charging. I see the eGolf has a top speed of 85 mph, which while perfectly adequate, seems a bit low. I do think it is one of the best looking EV's currently available. And affordable with all the discounts, rebates, and tax incentives.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 19:11   #50
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The literature says the eGolf comes with a 7.2kW onboard charger. So you'd want a 40 or 50 amp 240V circuit for home charging. I see the eGolf has a top speed of 85 mph, which while perfectly adequate, seems a bit low. I do think it is one of the best looking EV's currently available. And affordable with all the discounts, rebates, and tax incentives.
7.2KW charging is at 32 amps but you can of course charge slower. I just picked up a ClipperCreek 20A charger used for a good price. This will charge in 1/4 the time vs the level 1 110V charger the car comes with and only needs a 30A 240V circuit.

The top speed depends on which mode you have the car in. Eco tops out at 75mph which I ran into today on the way home. "Hmm, feels likes a flat spot - oh wait, I'm in Eco mode. . . . ". Eco+ is I think 61 mph.

Today on my commute home, 48 miles in 1.5 hours, completely grid locked and creepy slow for most of it, the joys of an e-car and 'single speed' transmission was evident. Quiet, air conditioned, essentially one pedal driving with the regen set to level 3. Effortless and smoothly driving at any speed, even walking speed. So glad I wasn't in my 03' Jetta Tdi 5spd.

Been averaging 4.6 miles/KWH on my 95% freeway commute and this is staying with a pack of cars doing 75.
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Old July 16th, 2019, 19:17   #51
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I charge a Leaf and a Golf at 20 amps with one charger and that works just fine for us. It depends on your daily mileage and how fast you need the turn around time to be when you arrive home.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 18:53   #52
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I've been watching the pricing on the off lease SE versions that have been making it to Florida, and considering holding out a few more years until the 2019s hit off-lease, but at $23K for a brand new one with all the 2019 upgrades, PLUS the $7,500 federal incentive, WOW... Apparently I should just go buy a new one and have it shipped to FL!! I just need to add to my PV array. I will have around ~2MWh of excess energy from the sun once I get my next 5,600W of PV online... (I currently have a 4.4kW array, and adding 5.6kW to that puts me at the 10kW allowable residential limit)

Anyone know the details on getting one of these cars if you don't call one of the states where they are technically sold your home? I've found exactly one in a state where I own property and have a real mailing address. I'd hate to pay TTL on a vehicle twice, and I'm not going to leave it there...
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Old July 22nd, 2019, 20:17   #53
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I see the eGolf has a top speed of 85 mph, which while perfectly adequate, seems a bit low.

It is kinda weird, the car feels quite powerful but just hits a wall at 85mph (so I've heard ), and won't accelerate past there. I'm not sure why they did that, if there is a technical reason.
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Old July 23rd, 2019, 05:46   #54
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Probably RPM limit on the motor. Our Fiat is limited to 88.
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Old July 23rd, 2019, 17:48   #55
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90mph limit on my Spark EV and 100 on the Volt.
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Old July 24th, 2019, 09:18   #56
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I think my ELR will do 110 - Haven't tried.
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Old July 24th, 2019, 10:03   #57
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Our Fiat is limited to 88.
At 88 mph the flux capacitor should activate and time travel begins...
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At 88 mph the flux capacitor should activate and time travel begins...
Yeah, but only if he still has at least 1.21gigawatts left in the batteries (or a good supply of plutonium in the trunk)...
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that's 1.21 jigawatts. or roughly four banana peels.
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Old July 24th, 2019, 18:26   #60
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Y...Then there's the cost of the charging outlet. I'd do it myself but I have no idea what they cost.
I believe it's about as complicated as the 50A RV outlet I have access to. It's slightly more complicated than the 30A RV (120V) outlet I installed on my farmhouse last summer. (or the two additional I have purchased to install there) On a scale of 1-10, with installing my own grid tied PV array being a difficulty rating of 7, I'd give the outlet to charge an EV a difficulty rating of 2. It's not your average 120V circuit, but it's not complicated, other than the permits.

The biggest hassle of installing an EV charge point will be digging a trench around the house from my service entrance panel on the back of the house to the driveway on the front. So glad I had the foresight twenty years ago to add a combination service entrance and circuit breaker panel on the outside of the house where the electric meter mounts. (breakers for the inside of the house are in the electric sub-panel in my laundry on the inside, the outside panel is just outside circuits and feed-thru to the inside panel).

Considering what I had to pay to have electrical work done at my father's house recently, I'll dig my own trench and install my own EV charging post.
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