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eDrive - Electric Car 2020

Actually, it is completely wrong to be for or against pure electric mobility. After all, it comes how it should come. And if you have 20 years of driving ahead of you now, you will have to deal with the subject, for better or for worse. But if someone is already, not even particularly fanatical, in favour of it, then one always has the feeling, certain facts are manipulated a little. That does not have to be intentional. It just happens because you wish to do something for a certain development.

No, even for the facts presented here we cannot guarantee, so in the sense of a guarantee for new cars. We simply present what we have learned for the sake of interest. You can read what comes out of it now. References are pointless, because too many and partly dubious. Of course, we also become sensitive when someone emphasizes how balanced he/she evaluates the facts. But we don't like to refuse to look at them because of that.

So anyone who proclaims 2020 to be the decisive year for electric mobility offered by German manufacturers is either short-sighted or not completely free of dependencies. We don't want to list all the foreseeable presentations now, but basically only the ID.3 remains, if you leave aside the current market leader, the BMW i3. After all, VW has managed to soften the disadvantage of its car, namely the price, a little with more subvention by the government, half of the subsidy increase again to the manufacturer's contribution.

All that remains is to hope that the cheapest ID model will be launched on the market as soon as possible. We want to take this as a starting point. Hopefully it will then be accepted that electric cars are generally published with its net battery capacity on a well visible place and not to talk of all possible performances, accelerations and comfort apps first. However, there is little hope. Likewise, with to achieve this car a special loading speed according to the motto, a walk to the toilet, may also have a burger and then it goes on.

In general, this year's fast loading has fallen into disrepute. At first it was said that the battery was so damaged that e.g. Tesla had to update the capacity of the battery with a software update which represents a certain expropriation and certainly not advertising for e-cars. Then they found out that the entire capacity of a battery is not as important as fast charging. You notice: It was Ping and Pong. Now one learns how much such a fast charging station with e.g. only four charging stations can cost money (500,000 to 1 million) and is going up to charge prices of 50 to 60 Cent per kWht.

Then someone with a car that holds the world record in kilometres travelled per 24 hours tries to beat the German Bundesbahn on a longer distance, which undoubtedly succeeds because the superiors there seem to think more about their salaries than about eliminating disturbances in driving. Nevertheless, if you put it that way, every small car with a combustion engine may be faster. Of course we have to adjust to a different kind of travel, but if you compare the entrance fees at the same time, you'll get a little dizzy.

Back to the VW group, because it promises remedy. Here you can look forward to an astounding 24,000 euros (30.000 - 6.000) and an optimistic 300 km when driving away from home. Unfortunately not quite, because there are again tips that one should not charge up to 100 percent, which is also unhealthy for the battery. There are even tips to reach 100 percent just before departure. It's all right still? Or does the community of electric cars advocates make sure that it remains a small club.

A total of 220,000 electrified cars sold in 2019 are not such a bad value in Germany if it weren't for the hybrids, whose majority delutes the results. In China, the sales even after the expiry of certain premiums will be declining. Tesla now sells fewer cars in the USA. So did VW once again choose the right time despite the delay? Surely It is worth waiting for ID.3 in the splendour of its full selection.

Nevertheless, it is important to remember that you usually leave a car dealership poorer than you thought. Also, the loss in value only with rapid change of e-cars may be lower than with conventional vehicles. In addition, the battery seems to lose about 1 percent of its capacity every 10,000 km, and even its energy cannot be maintained for weeks like a petrol or Diesel tank. It is said that electric cars after six weeks are without a charge anyway. The car as a pet that has to be given to relatives during a longer stay abroad.

But perhaps you live a normal life, want to do something for the environment, but cannot manage with only 50 electric kilometers per day. Then the electric car is a good idea. Option for you, especially nerve-preserving driving included. Your service costs will not be significantly lower, but with 30 percent fewer parts you can hope for a carefree long service life. You force yourself to use the brakes from time to time and if all goes well, you may not care about the resale values. A new, perhaps even larger battery should hopefully also be cheaper then, with less installation costs than with a replacement engine. At some point there might be enough green electricity for everyone and you are right in the middle of it. But don't cheat and go on vacation by plane!

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