How VW’s Partnership with Elli Helps Electric Vehicle Owners
And the Best Way to Find a VW Electric Car for Sale
Electric vehicles have more than proven their value by this point. This was perhaps most obvious during the summer of 2022 when gas prices reached an all-time high. Some drivers of trucks and SUVs reported paying well over $100 per tank. Meanwhile, the price of using electric vehicle charging stations remained relatively stable.
According to reporting from Popular Mechanics, the average monthly cost to charge an EV is about $57.13. Of course, charging prices fluctuate similar to that of fuel prices. The takeaway here is that electric vehicles are steadily cornering the market of consumers who are now hyper-aware of gas prices and their instability, even with the recent decreases over the last few months.
Additionally, there is a demographic of consumers who are thinking of the long-term benefits of electric vehicles in relation to climate control and reducing carbon emissions. In fact, the government is incentivizing buyers of new electric cars by offering a tax credit of up to $7,500 per the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. It’s also worth noting that the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will expand the network of charging stations over the next five years.
However, these are government initiatives, which begs the question: what are automakers doing to improve the experience of owning an electric vehicle for drivers?
A New Partnership That Aims to Improve Electric Vehicle Ownership
The challenge with electric vehicle ownership is that the infrastructure isn’t as built out as fuel stations. Of course, it’s better than it was a decade ago, but EV charging stations are still hard to come by in rural areas and towns with sparse populations. For new electric cars to appear as a viable option for buyers, steps need to be taken at the corporate level to help facilitate the transition from fuel-powered vehicles to EVs.
The Volkswagen Group has made some relatively big strides in this regard with its new partnership with Elli. Recently, startup company re.alto and the Elia Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Elli, which is the VW subsidiary that manages activities relating to charging and energy for Europe’s VW Group. The MOU is a commitment by each party to combine their efforts to help realize the full potential of electric vehicle integration.
Elke Temme, CEO of Elli and Senior Vice President of Charging & Energy at Volkswagen AG, remarked on the three benefits of using electric vehicle batteries as mobile power banks. They include:
- The climate benefits of using and storing renewable energy
- The grid benefits of using an electric vehicle to stabilize it
- The customer benefit of making revenue by providing EV-to-grid services
Additionally, the partners have laid out their four main tenets of the plan. The goals include:
- Creating an electric vehicle market and infrastructure that works for everyone
- Creating valuable incentives for electric vehicle owners
- Creating a safe and secure way to transmit data
- Ensuring that the data collected is used responsibly and securely stored
Although this partnership applies to the European market, this is just one example of how Volkswagen is creating an electric vehicle market that will benefit the consumer.
How to Find a VW Electric Car for Sale from at Your Local Volkswagen Dealer
For those of you who are considering making the switch over to an electric vehicle, VW SouthTowne currently carries the all-electric VW ID.4, which was the winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year Award. The 2023 Pro model gets up to 275 miles on a single charge and comes with one of the most advanced safety and infotainment packages ever installed in an SUV.
The ID.4 has a starting MSRP of $37,495; however, drivers will be able to get some of that back when they take advantage of the tax credit. Additionally, our dealership is currently running a Sign Then Drive special that enables buyers of our new electric cars to pay $0 due at signing, $0 in deposits, and zero payments for the first four months of ownership.
The best way to check out an VW electric car for sale is by stopping by our dealership, conveniently located at 11000 South 290 West in South Jordan. You can either stop by directly or contact us ahead of time by calling (801) 988-5825. Or, you can email us via the contact form on our website.
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