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Test Drive of the VW Electric Golf

While on the west coast for the Volkswagen press tour, I had the chance to drive the company's new electric Golf. The E-Golf is scheduled to be available as part of the 2014 Volkswagen line. At present, there is a pilot fleet of about 20 of these cars that are being driven by VW employees as part of a study examining things such as usage and effect of levitra on women vehicle charging before the vehicle is ready for general release. The test fleet, including the vehicle that I drove, was built using the viagra tablets sale 6th generation Golf body, but the production version will use the 7th generation Golf as vehicle platform.

My test drive of the E-Golf was only a couple of miles, since there were a couple dozen journalists who wanted to have a chance for a drive, so it needed to be constrained, but I still got a taste of driving this car similar to many of the other EVs I've driven. I've had the opportunity to drive a number of electric vehicles, though many of those experiences have been on canadian pharmacy the small, indoor driving track that has been available at the NAIAS in Detroit, and I've been a passenger in a few other demonstration EVs that weren't available for general driving.

The E-Golf has an interesting regenerative braking system that is more interactive - and more like driving a car with a manual transmission - than usual with other EVs I've encountered, which tend to where to find cialis behave like a car with an automatic transmission. When coasting, the E-Golf will begin to regeneratively recharge the batteries. However, the driver can use a pair of paddle switches on the steering wheel to increase the level of purchase viagra online regenerative braking the car provides, recapturing progressively more energy back to the levitra mexico batteries and slowing the car more quickly with each step. This would take some getting used to before one became proficient with it, but it brings back a level of engagement to the driving experience that most EVs don't have.

The E-Golf has a 26.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an estimated range of 93 miles. For the test fleet, VW is also providing an iPhone with special app to enable the owner to "check the battery’s charging status, regulate the car’s internal temperature, gauge how much charging time is best levitra left, or even remotely start the charging procedure."

More about the best price for generic cialis sound made by the E-Golf will be coming shortly.

[Ed. Note: Volkswagen paid for the travel and lodging for my trip to SF where I gathered some of the information for this story.]

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What if the sound isn't compliant?
written by Eletruk, April 03, 2012
Since the official specification for EV noise isn't out, I wonder what that means to vehicles that have it now, but may not be compliant? I find the Nissan Leaf sound wayyyy too quiet, and really can't be heard over regular traffic, only in very very quiet situations. I figure it would have to be upgraded. What if the spec includes specific type of sound? Does that mean vehicles like the Fisker Karma or the e-golf will have to have their sounds replaced (so now their car sounds like every other EV)?
Want VWs Regenerative Braking control
written by Mark Thomason, April 03, 2012
Nice post. I'm so glad to hear that this "feature" is going to production, as they were testing it in the prototype. Both the i use it buy viagra pills Leaf and the Volt have a way to discount cialis levitra viagra increase regenerative braking in one step (Volt=Lo and Leaf=ECO), but that also affects acceleration...when I really want more control of braking. I'd like to change my Leaf's braking to lite braking on the freeway, heavy braking in traffic, and medium in "sport" driving.
written by Tula, April 03, 2012
Standard car engines all sound different, so why should EVs be any different? For me, the quieter, the better. There's already far too much noise pollution as it is.

And yes, I'm aware of the argument about the blind not hearing the vehicles, but I don't see that as a good argument, since there are plenty of other threats to the blind that don't make noise. Besides, there are already appropriate crossing signals where that would be an issue, so creating noise unnecessarily because of a rarely-occurring issue like this seems silly.

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