Our First Drive in the e-Golf*

Driving an electric car doesn’t change your life. But the switch from diesel or gasoline to a vehicle driven by electricity is still something special. The Hertlein family talked to us about their first trip in their new e-Golf*.

It is 407 kilometers from the Hertleins’ home to Dresden. 407 kilometers – or approximately two battery charges with the e-Golf’s* current range. Matthias and Petra Hertlein knew that the drive home would therefore take a little longer than usual. But it wouldn’t put them off driving their vehicle back home themselves after the handover in the Gläserne Manufaktur.

Flashback: In October 2017, the Hertleins took their first test drive with an e-Golf*. “That was at our local dealership,” Matthias recalls. “To start with, we were still skeptical because we had never driven with an automatic gearbox before and thought that an electric car would definitely be unwieldy.” But that turned out to be a misconception. Sprightly, quiet and, of course, climate-friendly – these attributes of the e-Golf* convinced the family man. So he ordered one and booked the option of picking up the vehicle in the Gläserne Manufaktur.

The e-Golf* is the perfect car for our purposes. Matthias Hertlein
More than just picking up a car

Matthias and Petra Hertlein drove to Dresden with their son to pick up the car. “We were given a warm welcome and felt completely at home from the first moment,” the 46-year-old says. The family took a guided tour through the Gläserne Manufaktur, viewed the production area and received comprehensive instruction on their e-Golf* and on range-optimized driving. “The sequence of events was really well planned,” says Matthias, “and you can combine picking up your vehicle perfectly with a stroll around Dresden. And of course, we tried the famous Volkswagen Currywurst.”

After this refreshment, they started on the homeward journey with their new e-Golf*. The first leg took the family to Jena, 180 kilometers away, where they arrived in the evening. So, what was their impression after the first part of the drive? “Really great,” Matthias says with pleasure. “With the e-Golf*, you can accelerate extremely well and it feels really good to drive. You will never want to get out of the car again!” However, he did have to get out – to refuel. Or, to put it more accurately, to charge up. The Hertleins charged up their e-Golf* in the Steigenberger Esplanade Hotel in Jena, at a cost of five euros.

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charging stations for electric vehicles in Germany

(Stand: 19. September 2018; Quelle: ChargeMap.com)

So, what’s the Hertleins’ assessment of their maiden voyage with their e-Golf*? Did they regret their decision? “Not at all. We are so happy to have the e-Golf*,” says Matthias. His wife Petra uses the car every day to drive to work. Overnight, it charges up in their garage at home. “The e-Golf* is the perfect car for our purposes. It’s just a shame that I don’t get to drive it more often!” says the family man, laughing.

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*e-Golf: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined), efficiency class: A+