Electric Cars. Volkswagen E-Golf in the streets of Tirana!
For years now, there is talk about the competition that electric engines are waging toward internal combustion ones.
In fact, even the drop in the price of oil and gas in global markets is thought to have been influenced precisely by this trend, which demonstrates an increased responsibility of mankind towards nature.
There is no doubt that environmental issues have assumed major significance in recent years and one of the main pillars that is expected to influence the slowdown of the pace of global warming is the reduction of pollution created by emissions of vehicle gas.
Some European countries have advanced incredibly in this area, creating the necessary legislation so that after 2020 (Norway) and after 2025 (Netherlands) will no longer register vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Such steps indicate without exaggeration a revolution expected to take place very soon in the automobile market. To that end, Volkswagen has undertaken an active role by providing some hybrid models (gasoline + electrical: Jetta, Golf GTE, Passat GTE) as well as two entirely electric vehicles: e-up! and e-Golf.
With an independence for about 160 km for e-up! and 190 for e-Golf, these two vehicles are perfectly fitting for daily movements.
They are equipped with cable and adaptor that would enable charging on any ordinary socket. Through this simple method, charging 100% of the battery capacity takes no more than 8 hours.
However, for those in a hurry, the technology developed by Volkswagen and partners enables fast charging for only 30 minutes up to 90% of the battery capacity.
With a consumption of only 12.7 kWh per 100 km (approximately 150 ALL), the cost reduction that these vehicles enable is about 7 times less than that of diesel engines and 10 times less than that of gasoline engines.
Moreover, if we factor in the fact that electric vehicles need no periodical services (oil+filters), saving is even greater.
Having the vision that in Albania, just as in European Union countries, electric vehicles will be seen as having a perspective and with the confidence in the Volkswagen brand, our objective is for Porsche Albania to be the first importer in the region that will have sales and after sales capacities for this new technology.
From yesterday in the streets of Tirana!
The launch in the market of electric cars whether hybrid ones (combined with internal combustion engines) or totally electric ones has had a very positive impact also on the maintenance costs of this type of vehicle, especially when it comes to the BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) category.
The prejudice that this kind of technology is only attractive for environmentalists or eager early adopters of new technologies has been already overcome.
An evaluation of what in our industry is referred to as TOC (Total Cost of Ownership) would suffice to understand that the cost benefit would convince even the most skeptical about the advantages that this technology offers.
The periodical checkup of electric cars 'facilitates' an important part of essential services for internal combustion engine vehicles.
In their periodical checkups and services, electric cars are confined to changing the air conditioning filter, which means no more engine oil and oil filter, no more fuel filter, and no more engine air filter.
The changing of breaking pads is done during periods that are three times longer than for normal cars because moderate braking is conducted through the electrical engine.
BEV's battery block, which is the most expensive component of these vehicles, comes with an 8-year warranty from the Volkswagen group.
Bringing the newest technologies at the same time as in the most developed European countries is an essential part of Porsche Albania's strategy.
That is why we are working intensively to develop capacities in the service sector to handle these vehicles.
Continued training for staff, new equipment that will carry out fast charging or diagnostics are only some of the aspects of daily work that aims at providing quality services for the drivers of these vehicles.