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Electric vehicles are the future – and Vancouver Volkswagen is leading the charge

Whether you’re researching one of Volkswagen’s ID family of electric vehicles, gaining insight into electric vehicle ownership, or looking to preorder an electric vehicle, Vancouver Volkswagen is your ultimate resource for all things EV(W)!

At Vancouver Volkswagen, we’ve worked hard to become the leader in electric vehicles – here’s how we’re staying ahead of the competition:

Dedicated EV Manager at Vancouver Volkswagen

We Have the Only Dedicated EV Manager in Volkswagen Canada

When it comes to purchasing an electric Volkswagen vehicle, you probably have a lot of questions – that’s why we brought in Mark Hansford to help our customers navigate their purchase and provide expert advice after the sale.

Vancouver Volkswagen has the largest allocation of electric vehicles

We Have the Largest Allocation of Electric Vehicles in the Country

As one of Canada’s largest VW stores, located in the heart of North America’s largest EV Market, we are the top choice of hundreds of customers for ID vehicles. We currently have the largest allocation of EVs in the entire Volkswagen Canada network!

Trust Vancouver Volkswagen for your servicing needs

We Are Vancouver’s Best EV Service Centre

After purchasing an EV, you need a service team equipped to handle your regular maintenance needs. Vancouver Volkswagen has invested in updating and retooling our service centre to accommodate Volkswagen’s growing lineup of electric vehicles. Plus, we’ve committed to ensuring that every technician at VVW is EV certified.

Meet Mark: Vancouver VW’s EV Manager

Mark comes to Vancouver Volkswagen with 20 Years experience working with the VW brand, and a passion for the growing electric vehicle market.

“Sales is only part of my role here – my real mission is to educate customers on electric vehicles and ownership. The more I can help, the better.”

Whether you’re shopping for an ID.4, ID.Buzz, or ID.Aero, Mark is your best resource to help answer questions at any stage of your EV journey!

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ID.4 Frequently Asked Questions

It’s not the easiest question to answer, however I think 12-15 months is a fairly accurate timeline

No, there is no charge to join the waitlist. Once we are able to secure you allocation from VW Canada, we will reach out and confirm you authorize a deposit prior to charging anything. (VW Canada currently requires us to charge a $100 refundable deposit to validate the customer as a real order). Due to the volume of people wanting the ID.4, we do collect the credit card details now so when it’s time for the deposit, a quick “Yes, I authorize” by email or text, is all we need from you.

We expect pre-orders for the ID.Buzz to open in 2023.

Right now, we are waiting for VW Canada to release the specs and pricing for the 2023 model. As soon as we know that, we will share it will all of our clients waiting. The current prices range from approx. $44,995 to $57,995 plus taxes and fees (before rebates are subtracted).

Yes, we expect the 2023 model to qualify. Although we don’t know the exact vehicle price yet, we have been told that VW wants to keep in line to qualify for the EV Rebates.

Yes, We do have an AWD ID.4 on site most days.


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Electric Vehicles Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! We have charging stations available for purchase at our Main Street location.

Thanks to our relationships with Electrify Canada, we can help you find a certified installer to meet your needs.

This first all-electric Volkswagen, dubbed the Elektro Transporter, began testing in 1972. It had a range of 43.5 miles, a top speed of 43.5 miles per hour and could charge to full in 10 hours from the ordinary plug socket in your house.

Keeping the inside of the vehicle warm in winter is usually the biggest drain on EV range, especially when ambient temperatures plunge below -9° C.

EV batteries have an average lifespan of between 15 and 20 years.

This can vary depending on a number of factors. For one, charge times depend on whether you’re using a Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 DC fast charger. What’s more, the batteries in EVs can differ, and some charge more efficiently than others. To give you a general idea of how fast the average EV charges: a Level 1 charger takes between 15 and 24 hours; a Level 2 charger often takes between 4 and 8 hours; a Level 3 charger takes anywhere from just under 30 minutes to 1 hour.

To find a charging station, download any number of the many apps available that map out charging station locations. The most popular among these apps include PlugShare, Chargepoint App, ChargeHub, EVgo, and Electrify America.

There are three different levels of charging power commonly available: Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast charging. The best EV charger for you will vary based on your business needs and goals, but most businesses choose Level 2 chargers. Level 1 charging stations operate on a 120-volt AC system and only used residentially. DC fast chargers are only used commercially, and are the fastest option available.

Many people charge their electric car at public charging stations. They can be free, pay-as-you-go or subscription-based, with prices set by networks or property owners. Some automakers, such as Hyundai, Nissan, and Tesla, may provide complimentary public charging at certain chargers.

The average price for charging an EV at a public charger ranges from 30 and 60 cents per kWh. At home, you can expect to pay roughly 15 cents per kWh. Bear in mind, however, that the value of a kWh fluctuates throughout the day, so sometimes it will be cheaper, and other times it will be more expensive.

Your vehicle must be a full battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell model. If it’s a sedan, it must have a sticker price under $55,000. If it’s an SUV, truck, or van, its price must be less than $60,000.

Any battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles valued under $55,000 qualify for a provincial rebate.

Full EVs, plug-in hybrids with long ranges, and hydrogen fuel cell models are eligible for $5,000 worth of rebates. Plug-in hybrids with short ranges are eligible for $2,500.

The rebate in British Columbia is for $3,000. Trade in your combustion-engine vehicle, and you’ll snag an additional $500.

A heat pump is an efficient technology using heat source from ambient air and can generate large amounts of thermal energy with little electric energy. Electric energy saving for cabin heating can extend driving range of a battery electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

EVs last for 320,000 km. The average person drives 19,000 km a year, meaning that the typical EV lasts around 17 years.

Charging occurs by connecting the EV to a power source known as a charging station. Once connected to the charging station, EVs use their charging port and onboard charger to convert the external power into battery charge.

This depends. Most EVs come with a standard 120V charging cord that can be plugged into any three-pronged adapter for Level 1 charging. If you upgrade to a Level 2 charger, however, you’ll need to install a 240V outlet and have an electrician wire it directly into your power panel.

As with any other vehicle for sale at a dealership, you can finance EV. Get started by apply for pre-approval today!

You can also lease an EV, so long as it’s new or certified pre-owned. Leases for EVs work the exact same way that any other automotive lease works.

A hybrid vehicle utilizes a combustion engine and an electric motor simultaneously in order to provide you with increased fuel economy numbers.

A plug-in hybrid features a traditional hybrid mode, a dedicated EV mode, and a pure gas mode (in some cases), all of which you can toggle between. You’ll need to charge a plug-in from time to time to replenish its electric range.

A full EV only features a battery and a motor. There’s no combustion involved, whatsoever.

Over the lifetime of ownership, average maintenance costs for EVs are as little as 40% the costs required for gas-powered models.

EVs do not require oil, which is necessary to lubricate the number of moving parts in a combustion engine. EVs are powered by electric motors, not the oil mandatory engines.

Electric vehicle batteries are mounted on electric vehicles after passing severe safety verification tests, such as a crash test, watertight test, immersion test, and combustion tests.

Most plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles use lithium-ion batteries, which feature thousands of cells capable of holding a tremendous amount of energy. Batteries are essential for all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).

Electric vehicles create zero tailpipe emissions. This is because they rely entirely on electricity to move forward and don’t combust fossil fuels, which create carbon monoxide. That said, emissions can be created in the process of manufacturing an EV, but building practices continue to become more and more dependent on renewable energies. What’s more, most charging stations now use solar panels to recharge your battery!

EVs are naturally quieter than gasoline-powered cars because they lack internal combustion engines. On traditional cars, the engine makes a combustion noise as cylinder pressure changes. The only noise made by EVs comes from their tires and the wind resistance while driving.

While plugged into a charger, most EVs indicate their charge status with lights on top of the dashboard or around the charging port (or both). The meaning of these lights varies by EV, so consult your owner’s manual.

Electric vehicles generate much more torque than gas vehicles, which is important because torque is what drives the vehicle forward. Furthermore, an electric car’s motor eliminates the need for a traditional transmission in many modern designs.

The only noise made by EVs comes from their tires and the wind resistance while driving.

You can take an EV on a road trip as long as you plan ahead: Look for charging stations along your route ahead of time, especially in places you already plan to stop; combine charging with food stops or supply runs, and always have a plan B.

There is a myth that electric cars can’t be driven or charged in the rain, but this is false, as drivers wouldn’t be able to use their vehicles in the spring or rain seasons! All the major electrical components are safely tucked away and shielded to prevent injuring the driver and passengers.

Absolutely, EVs are safe to charge in nearly any weather condition.

As it becomes more convenient to own a plug-in vehicle, potential owners raise the question of safety. However, the lack of an engine and flammable liquids makes EVs safer than gas-powered cars. Also, most EVs’ lower centre of gravity makes them less prone to rollover accidents.

Often referred to as “carpool lanes,” HOV lanes are open to carpoolers, buses, and motorcyclists in most areas. Some HOV lanes are accessible to certain inherently low emission vehicles (ILEVs), such as hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), regardless of the number of passengers.

Most HOV-lane incentives vary from one province to the next.

The RWD model achieves an estimated 443 km of electric range. Meanwhile, the AWD model is capable of 410 km of electric range.

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 features two high-voltage traction batteries with different capacities. The standard battery has a gross capacity of 62 kWh. The optional upgrade features a gross capacity of 82 kWh.

Battery size determines how much power an EV can hold. The larger the battery, the more power cells the battery case can hold, and the higher its capacity. Expect this to typical result in increased electric range.

In a few years, all auto dealerships will sell EVs as the industry shifts. In the present day, however, not every dealership has set up shop in a market where electric vehicles have been popularized, so all the investment and restructuring required to sell and service EVs wouldn’t work as a business model.

In full-electric mode, an electric car produces zero tailpipe emissions, dramatically lowering smog and greenhouse gas emissions, even when considering electricity generation. Cleaner cars mean cleaner air and better health.

Most people plug their EV battery in at night, so it can charge while they sleep. This is an ideal time to charge, but you need to make sure it isn’t on the charger for too long. If your charger has a timer, set it to shut off at least an hour or two before you plan to leave your house in the morning.

  1. Minimize exposure to extremely high temperatures when parked.
  2. Minimize the batteries at 100% state of charge.
  3. Avoid using fast charging.
  4. Control the optimal battery state of charge during long storage.

It’s cheaper to own an EV for a number of reasons, which include:

  • EVs are up to 60% cheaper to maintain.
  • Charging your EV with electricity costs only a fraction of what you’ll spend fuelling up with gas.
  • Federal and provincial governments provide many tax rebates that make purchasing an EV exceptionally affordable.

Any EV that features two motors, as opposed to one motor, features all-wheel drive.

After the motors of the drivetrain, heating and cooling the battery pack (and the cabin) of an electric car are the biggest drains on its power reserves.

Currently, you’re able to charge your EV from using Level 1 or Level 2 charging capabilities. Level 1 charging simply requires that you have a connector cord you can use to plug your EV into a 120V outlet with. That said, if you upgrade to Level 2, you’ll need to install a 240V outlet and have it wired to your power panel. You may also need to upgrade your power panel. Both of these jobs will require you to hire an electrician.

As with gas-powered models, not every EV is equipped for towing. However, many are perfectly capable. In fact, because EVs deliver instant torque, don’t need to rev up, and generally provide higher torque numbers, the EVs that are rated for towing are ideally suited for towing.

Technically, yes. In fact, most EV batteries carry enough juice to power the average residence for two days and then some. However, only a few models are equipped to compatibly supply houses with electricity. This technology is expected to go mainstream in the coming years, however, which will grant the average person convenient access to an easy-to-use, mobile generator!

EVs have transmissions. However, most EVs feature a transmission with a single gear that is infinitely variable. Transmissions in gas-powered vehicles often have a set amount of gear ratios and feature less dynamic performance.

Simply stated, electric cars are fun to drive–with quick acceleration and enviable performance. Unlike gas-powered cars, electric motors produce peak torque from a standstill, without the buildup gasoline engines require for reaching maximum power. Electric cars also have great handling.

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