The current Volkswagen’s e-Golf has a starting price of €27,895, which starts out with a recommended retail price (RRP) of €37,895, less the SEAI grant of €5,000 and VRT rebate of €5,000 bringing the price to a private customer down to €27,895.
For €31,550 (a price jump of €3,655), you can get the high-spec Executive Edition model of the e-Golf. It adds the following to the standard specification: ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, 17” Madrid alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear view camera and ‘Active Info Display’. Volkswagen says that the Golf is now one of Ireland’s most affordable electric vehicles.
2019 saw an almost 180 per cent increase in sales of electric vehicles in the Irish Market, albeit from a very low base figure. For 2019, it made up almost 3 per cent of all sales, with this figure expected to rise in the coming months.
Electric vehicles offer true emission-free driving and are the cleanest possible way to drive. Volkswagen says it is helping consumers begin emission-free driving, with the lower pricing for their popular e-Golf.
“The e-Golf has all of the quality, ease of use and attractive design of the Golf, a car that has been synonymous with the family car segment, but with a fully electric drivetrain, with zero emissions and with a range of 231km, which is 14 times the average private car journey and more than 16 times the average Irish person’s commute to work,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Marketing Mark McGrath.
That is true as the CSO figures show that the average commuting distance in Ireland is 14.7 km. However, the range is still well short of some recent new arrivals like the Kia pair – the Niro and Irish Car of the Year 2020, the Kia Soul in the 430-450 km range.
Volkswagen says that now is a great time to buy an electric vehicle in Ireland. There is a Government funded support scheme in place to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property and provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit.
This is, of course, in addition to the VRT rebate of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for electric vehicles. Drivers of an electric car can also save up to 75 per cent of the costs of tolls on some toll roads which can amount to a saving of as much as €500. Plus, there are additional benefits for businesses, such as zero per cent Benefit in Kind (BIK) for electric vehicles.
For customers who wish to move to one of Volkswagen future ID. electric vehicles, Volkswagen Ireland says that it is offering the option of a special 2-year PCP. “By getting your new e-Golf with a PCP product, there is a ‘Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value’ of the car, so there is the assurance that you can be in the latest state of the art electric vehicle, and upgrade to the newer model without incurring as much risk in terms of residual (or resale) values as the minimum value of the car is guaranteed by us,” adds McGrath.
“With the e-Golf offering such great quality at a price point equivalent to a petrol or diesel model and with the assurance and value that the PCP product brings, this is a great way for customers to start their electric car journey, in a very familiar product. Plus, we can see from the CSO figures that many drivers are likely to vastly overestimate how far they drive in their daily commute so the e-Golf’s WLTP range of 231km will be sufficient for most commuters’