e-mail I sent to VW US about recent comments by VW head of powertrain development, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser,
Darryll, I'm writing about recent comments by VW on battery technologyhttp://insideevs.com/volkswagen-powertr ... ent-576226
"We have to look to the e-Golf, which had an operating range of around 190km. I expect the next generation in 2015-17 will increase to around 300km and the following step will be around 500-600km"
I took a test drive yesterday and am close to buying the e-Golf. If he's saying better batteries in 2015-2017, he's telling me my new e-Golf will be obsolete in a couple of years. I'd feel more comfortable him saying it would be more like 2018, or they will be more expensive, or they will weigh more, or that a new battery upgrade can be easily installed in my e-Golf.
Otherwise, he's expecting me to lay out 40K for a soon to be obsolete car. I realize like computers, technology is always improving but the amounts involved aren't 40K and improvements aren't 1 year out and resale values aren't a consideration. I feel any mention of 2015 or even 2016 for a new generation battery is overly optimistic and a huge mistake as it will make buyers rethink and delay their purchase.