What is a BEV?
The Volkswagen e-Golf is a battery electric vehicle, or BEV. This means that the car’s electric power is reserved in its battery pack, and is expended whenever the car is driven (and any power-operated features are used). Power can be restored quickly by using a dedicated charging unit – or a domestic wall socket, which takes longer but is very convenient. Whenever the car comes to a stop, the battery ‘idles’ so as to prevent energy from being wasted. It is also charged in transit thanks to regenerative braking. There are many advantages to driving a BEV. As well as the positive ecological implications and fuel savings, this technology allows the car to be more agile, thanks to the motor’s ability to generate almost-instantaneous torque.
Excellent Safety as Standard
The fuel-driven Golf has been awarded a five-star crash-test rating by Euro NCAP, and the e-Golf is sure to follow suit. For one thing, it comes with an arsenal of driver aids, such as Anti-lock Braking System and Automatic Post-collision Braking System. The latter works in conjunction with the car’s airbag sensors, autonomously applying braking pressure in order to minimise the chance of collisions. Adaptive Cruise Control features too, allowing the driver to set a safe maximum speed before the start of each journey. Front and rear sensors are also included – an invaluable aid when it comes to parking. There are plenty of passive safety features too, such as tamper-proof rear doors and ISOFIX child seat attachments that help to keep younger passengers as secure as possible.
Outside and in, the e-Golf comes with plenty of useful and desirable technology. The vehicle features, for example, power-adjustable and heated door mirrors, range-adjustable LED headlamps, rear LED lights and a high-mounted brake light. Inside the car, power-operated windows and electronic two-zone air conditioning make it easy to establish an ideal temperature. The driver also gets to enjoy power-assisted steering, an electronic parking brake and a steering wheel that provides control over a range of in-car functions.
Car-Net App Connect is included as standard too. This allows the driver to access smartphone apps via the car’s eight-inch touchscreen display. He or she can enjoy text messaging, their favourite tunes and more, all while driving safely. Furthermore, the e-Golf’s voice-activated Discover Pro DVD infotainment system unleashes a world of audio content and satellite navigation functionality.