How easy (or complicated) is it to switch from a gasoline to an electric car? A family from Bern reported on their experiences for a year for 20 Minuten Lifestyle.
«Don’t buy a new petrol engine», recommended car experts from our circle of friends when we considered buying the loyal companion with a petrol engine out of leasing after four years. “The age of electromobility has begun,” explained the experts, of whom there are now as many as football experts. “Now more and more plug-in vehicles are coming onto the market.” Plug-in vehicle? A word we didn’t even know back then.
But with such a plug-in vehicle (or Stromer, or E-Car or BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle) we are now on the road. With the one that should be no less than the new Golf.
Corona and software problems delayed the start of our «experiment», but the anticipation did not stop. Admittedly, the anticipation was also mixed with skepticism. How do you charge the electric car? Where is the best place to charge it? How far can we get with one battery charge?
On a foggy morning, we took the train to the canton of Aargau to the Amag delivery center. Handover of the car? Unspectacular. We’ll get a few tips along the way. But because we had been dealing with it intensively for months, we feel we know the car well. We are followed by curious looks on the motorway towards Bern and at a short stop at a rest stop. And as soon as we arrive in the capital, we are pestered with questions by neighbors and the caretaker.
The VW ID.3 causes a stir in the parking garage with its design.
The ID.3 charges overnight and covers an average of 300 kilometers in winter.
The missing buttons and switches in the ID.3 cockpit provided a few “minutes of silence” on the first few days.
You don’t feel like you’re in a spaceship
Yes, the ID.3 catches the eye with its design, but you still don’t get the feeling that a spaceship has landed. VW has managed the balancing act between modern design and “normal” cars. At home we connect the ID.3 to the power supply for the first time. It works smoothly, the landlord has activated the existing wallbox in the parking garage.
We don’t miss the gasoline engine
And the first ride? Exciting! The acceleration, the driving experience, the calm. All of this makes you want more. And hopefully we will get used to the missing buttons in the – everything is controlled by touchscreen or by voice -. In any case, after a few weeks we no longer miss our gasoline engine. Will we ever buy a gasoline engine again? At the moment it doesn’t look like that.