Electric Vehicle: Citroen C1:
“Green” Diesel: VW Golf BlueMotion:
Hybrid: Toyota Prius 2010:
“Fill it up please”: Power, Diesel or Petrol.
I have had the opportunity to test these cars in 3 weeks. Not only are the car very different, but the technology are also very different.
The C1 EV is a fantastic city car that can also be used on road outside that city, but has a max speed of about 90 km/h. The range is up to 100 km and it needs about 7 hours of charge. Amazing to drive around in the city with no sound or pollution!
VW Golf is the 6´th edition and I was surprised that VW managed to make it quite a lot better than the 5´th edition. The interior is smarter and are now appealing to a younger public. HELLO VW is iPhone/iPot not know in Germany? The car does not have any possibility to play your own music via AUX or USB – that’s unbelievable. Driving on motorway at 110 km/h is very quiet – it is the ultimate long distance machine!
The 2010 Prius has a lot smarter interior and is well equipped. Nice that it can run in EV mode for a few km. I took it for a weekend drive with the family and did more than 800 km in it. A bit annoying sound when accelerating on the motorway.
I tested the Golf and Prius on same 3 distances to compare the consumption. The big surprise was that Golf did a little better in the city and the Prius a little better on the country roads. The Golf looked more sensible to cold starts than the Prius.
I must say that the hybrids are under a lot of pressure, because the “Green” diesels are having about the same consumption and are a lot cheaper and simpler. I look forward to test the Prius with diesel engine later this year!!! The hybrids must work towards Plug-in Hybrids to stay competitive.
The electric vehicles are very different with the possibility to run on renewable energy. I used the car for more than 200 km in one weekend and was surprised how easy I got rid of the “Range panic” issue. So I have high expectations on development of electric cars if they get affordable soon.
So my conclusion is that any kind of electrification of cars is under a lot of pressure from the “Green” Diesels.