The Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid Saloon: The Complete Guide For Ireland

VW Passat electric
Price: From € 50,940
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 13 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 61 - 64 km
Tailpipe emissions: 24 - 27 g (CO2/km)


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The Volkswagen Passat GTE PHEV Saloon


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include:

The Volkswagen Passat (B8) was introduced in 2014. The B8 is the eight-generation in the VW Passat series, and it was the first VW passenger car to be based on the stretched version of the MQB platform. The GTE plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and was on sale in 2015.

The VW Passat plug-in hybrid saloon has a 13 kW onboard EV battery, quite typical for PHEVs in this price segment. The manufacturer claims an EV range up to 64 km (WLTP certified). Even adjusting for real-world driving, the electric car should be able to achieve up to 55 km, which is similar to other plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in this segment.

Do keep in mind that the majority of family trips are short distances i.e. school-runs, grocery store, shopping etc. A pure electric range up to 55 km is more than sufficient to take advantage of the benefits of electric driving. Even, for those that drive to work, driving on electric mode works well, as the electric car can be charged at home and at work (workplace EV charging)! For those weekend getaways, the petrol engine can be utilised for the longer drives.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car. A ‘topping up’ approach to charging will help improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle and also improve the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Volkswagen offers a 3 years or 90,000 km warranty.

The PHEV is not DC charging compatible (most PHEVs are not) and has a 3.6 kW onboard charger. The PHEV can be fully charged in 3.4 hours. Using a 3-PIN socket will take up to 5 hours. In any case, we at e-zoomed recommend charging the EV overnight, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper. Of course, we also encourage using green energy to charge the EV!

Moreover, driving on e-mode improves the efficiency of the electric vehicle i.e. lower motoring costs! Volkswagen claims the PHEV has a fuel economy up to 1,0 l/100 km. Real-world economy will certainly be lower, but substantially better compared to the conventional internal combustion (ICE) variant.

The 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine is paired with an electric motor. The plug-in electric car can achieve 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. The top speed of the EV is 220 km/h. The maximum power is up to 218 PS and 250 Nm torque. Certainly suitable for city and motorway driving. Of course, do keep in mind that the EV also benefits from instant torque.

The PHEV tailpipe emission are low (27 g CO2/km), compared to the conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) variant.


 PROS CONS
A practical family car that is environment-friendlyExterior styling does not inspire
Cheap to run on zero-emission electric rangeOnboard charger limited to 3.6 kW
Good space for passengersBoot space limited due to EV battery

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The Volkswagen Passat Saloon PHEV (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Engine:Petrol/Electric (1.4 TSI 6-speed DSG)
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
Passat GTE (from € 50,940)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 13 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs 40 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:24 – 27 g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:3 years or 90,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1457
Width (mm):1832
Length (mm):4774
Wheelbase (mm):2789
Turning Circle (m):11,7
Boot Space (L):402

Passat Estate GTE
EV Battery Capacity:13 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):61 – 64 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/km):11.5 – 15.2
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):1,0
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.6 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs 40 mins)
Top Speed:220 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):218
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Unladen Weight (kg):1,754
Colours:6

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)


Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than 2022. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV. The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 400 kms, while PHEVs average closer to 50 kms. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!


Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel. An EV battery can be charged for as little as €10, while filling a tank of fuel is over €100!
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. An EV costs less than 5 cents per km to drive.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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Martina Giobbio

Like, many in her generation, Martina is very passionate about protecting the environment and creating a more sustainable future. Though she is new to the electric driving sector, her drive to learn and contribute is unparalleled. Martina has a Bachelor Degree in Italian Humanities and a Master Degree in Communication from the University of Milan. She has previously worked in press offices and a publishing house. She loves writing and reading.

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