Understanding EVs

Electric vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, cheaper and easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and contribute fewer emissions into the air. With tax incentives available and a fast-growing network of charging stations, find out if owning an EV is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Plugging In

Save Big on Fuel

Driving electric offers significant savings compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

EV Incentives

Incentives, rebates and other credits are available to help make driving electric more affordable.

Low Cost to Own

EV owners can expect to spend half as much on maintenance and repair (Consumer Reports)

Fuel Up At Home

Charge while you sleep, work, or at a growing number of public chargers.

Quick and Quiet

Enjoy fast and smooth acceleration, better handling, and a quieter ride.

Best of Both Worlds

Plug-in hybrids provide electric range for short trips and gas-power for longer journeys.

88%of EV owners say they charge their vehicle at home "often" or "always."

Which EV is Right for Me?

Battery Electric

Fully electric cars offer the smallest environmental footprint and the biggest savings on maintenance and fuel.

Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in hybrids have a rechargeable electric motor and a gas-powered engine to extend range if needed.

Traditional Hybrid

Powered by an electric motor and gas-powered engine, Hybrids recharge as you drive. Tax credits and other benefits may not apply.

Fuel Efficient

These efficient, gas-powered vehicles get over 40MPG and still reduce your emissions and costs.

Owning an EV

Understanding Charging

Charging times vary depending on the type of charger used.

Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.

Charging from Home

For plugin hybrid vehicles a standard outlet (Level 1) will be enough for overnight charging. For battery electric vehicles, a Level 2 charger will require professional installation by a licensed electrician. If you live in an apartment or condo, consider talking with the property owner about installing a charger or use a nearby public charger. Talk to our sales staff to find out more about charging from home.

Battery Care

Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number will continue to increase. If you can keep your battery between 20% and 80% charged most days and avoid extremely hot temperatures, you can expect your maintenance to be minimal.

Learn More About Your Green Car Options at Volkswagen of Downtown LA

Here at our dealership, we know many people are thinking about going green. With VW options, you can find a pair of electric VW vehicles, one currently available and one coming soon. We're happy to highlight the choices and the benefits to going green for your next purchase.

Explore Your Volkswagen Electric Vehicles

Right now, you can purchase the Volkswagen ID.4, which is a crossover that has modern and futuristic looks, but is able to drive 268 miles on a single charge before needing to be replenished. That's a rate of 104 miles per gallon electric equivalent in the city. It has the versatility you want from trunk space, plus comfortable seating and the latest in modern technology and safety to keep you confident behind the wheel.

The other option, coming as a 2024 model year is the Volkswagen ID. Buzz. This is taking the classic VW bus look and providing us with a fully electric vehicle. Bringing back an iconic ride and one that will appeal to lots of people be it individuals or families to are looking for that type of space is going to be a real treat for LA drivers. Of course, we will keep you updated on its arrival here and what to expect as more details emerge.

Types of Electric Options

There are many options for you, as VW offers fully electric choices which run only on electric power, which allows you to cut out fuel and some maintenance like oil changes completely. There are others like traditional hybrids that work with a gas engine to give you added fuel economy through regenerative braking. There's also plug-in hybrids which have a rechargeable electric motor and can run on a limited electric range around town for short trips before needing to be recharged.

EV Ownership Benefits

There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle. The first is that you will find a federal government tax rebate of $7,500 plus California tax rebates on electric vehicles to incentivize you to buy electric. You can also drive in HOV lanes on our freeways as well. Not only that, but you charge up at a number of different sites throughout LA with fast chargers that can get about 80 miles of range in 20 minutes. You also can purchase a Level 2 charger and have it installed by a professional electrician at your home so you can charge your vehicle overnight or all day to always make sure its well charged.

You'll also find long-lasting batteries that last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles, and again there are maintenance benefits as you no longer have to worry about oil changes and other traditional engine repair. You also get a smooth ride, one that is plenty capable of producing enough power, and one that is quiet, plus over time, a low cost of ownership.

Come Learn More About Our Electric Vehicles Today

Here at Volkswagen of Downtown LA, we'd be happy to provide you with more information on the current electric vehicle choices and the ones coming to showrooms like ours in the future. Get in touch and we can arrange a time to meet soon.

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    1900 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Common Questions

A federal tax rebate of $7,500 is available on most EV models. Depending on where you live, state and local rebates and incentives may also be available. Check with your sales associate to find out if the model is eligible for rebates and incentives.

Other advantages of owning an EV include:

  • Eligible EVs may also qualify for HOV lane access, which are normally restricted to vehicles with multiple passengers.
  • Many electric companies offer lower rates based on the time of use. With EVs, you can save money by charging during off-peak times.
  • If you're able to charge from work or home, there's usually no need to stop to refuel like you would in a gas-powered vehicle.
  • EVs produce zero tail-pipe emissions resulting in cleaner air and better health.

This will vary depending on the local price of electricity and gas and where you are charging (at home or public charger), but most EV owners can expect to save on fuel cost. A recent Consumer Reports study found the “typical EV owner who does most of their fueling at home can expect to save an average of $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs over an equivalent gasoline-powered car.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/

A recent Consumer Reports study found “maintenance and repair costs for EVs are significantly lower over the life of the vehicle – about half – than for gasoline–powered vehicles, which require regular fluid changes and are more mechanically complex. The average dollar savings over the lifetime of the vehicle is about $4,600.”

Source: Benjamin Preston. October 08, 2020. EVs Offer Big Savings Over Traditional Gas-Powered Cars.

https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/evs-offer-big-savings-over-traditional-gas-powered-cars/
Gas powered vehicles offer a range of 300-400mi. Battery electric vehicles offer a median range of 250mi. For EV owners who charge at home, this is more than enough for daily use. For longer drives beyond the range of your vehicle, check a public charger map for charger availability along your route.
  • Level 1 chargers use a standard household outlet and charge about 2-5 miles of range per hour, making Level 1 a good choice for plugin hybrid vehicles but not battery electric vehicles.

  • Level 2 chargers can be installed at your home by a professional electrician and charge about 10-20 miles of range per hour. A good choice for any EV when charging overnight or all-day is possible.

  • Level 3 fast chargers are the most efficient and can be found at commercial locations. Level 3 can charge about 60-80 miles of range in about 20 minutes, making it a good choice for any EV when a quick charge is needed on the go.
Yes, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can be used at home. In fact, the standard 120V outlet supports a Level 1 charger. Level 2 chargers require 240V and can be installed by a licensed electrician. If you do not own your home, you may need to work with your property owner to install a Level 2 charger.
Most batteries will last between 100,000 and 200,000 miles when properly cared for. With battery technology continually advancing, that number should continue to increase.

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