The Volkswagen Touareg Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Volkswagen Touareg R Plug-In
Price: From € 86,135
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 14.3 - 17.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 45 - 48 km
Tailpipe emissions: 51 - 50 g (CO2/km)


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The Volkswagen Touareg PHEV SUV


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 Touareg SUV (4X4) was introduced in 2002. The vehicle has been named after the nomadic people from northern Africa, the Tuareg people. The Touareg shares its platform with the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7 SUVs. The Touareg R plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) was revealed in early 2020.

The Volkswagen Touareg plug-in electric SUV has a 14.3 kWh onboard EV battery, with a claimed zero-tailpipe emission electric range up to 48 km (WLTP certified). Not hugely impressive, but typical of many PHEVs in this segment. Of course, the real-world pure electric range will be lower, and possibly closer to 42 km. The real-world EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, passenger load, weather, road condition, wheel size, etc.

An electric range of 42 km may not seem much, but the electric range is sufficient to help lower driving costs per km. Depending on where the EV is charged, the driving costs per km can be as low 5 cents, far cheaper than calling on the internal combustion engine (ICE).

The use of the electric mode also helps improve the overall efficiency of the electric vehicle. VW claims a fuel economy up to 2,6 l/100 km. Of course, real-world fuel economy will be lower than the claimed figures, but the fuel economy of the PHEV will be far better, compared to the conventional combustion engine variant.

To leverage the benefits of electric driving, having a fully charged EV battery is imperative. The PHEV is not compatible with DC charging (not all plug-in electric cars are capable of DC rapid charging). In all probability, on most occasions, the EV will be charged overnight at home. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charger for home charging. The single-phase easee EV charger is a good example. The PHEV can be charged up to 100% in 5 hours and 10 minutes (3.6 kW). Charging at 7.2 kW will take 2 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge the EV.

We recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way, the e-mode can be used more often and regular charging is also better for the long-term maintenance of the EV battery. Volkswagen offers a warranty up to 3 years or 90,000 km.

The four-wheel drive VW plug-in pairs a 3.0-litre TSI eHybrid petrol engine with an electric motor (100 kW). The electric vehicle delivers a maximum combined 462 PS and 700 Nm torque. The electric SUV can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Pretty good, given the weight of the EV (2,468 kgs). The top speed of the EV is 250 km/h. The EV benefits from instant torque, as is the case with electric cars.

The EV offers as standard a host of features and equipment, to include: lane assist, multifunction front facing camera, park assist, driver alert system, fatigue detection, digital cockpit – 12″ high resolution, electrically-operated tailgate, keyless access and more. The EV is practical and spacious for passengers. Despite the addition of the onboard EV battery, the available cargo volume is 665 L.

The electric vehicle (EV) has far lower tailpipe emissions (51 g CO2/km), compared to the internal combustion engine (ICE) variant (217g CO2/km).


PROS CONS
A practical and spacious family SUV that is environment-friendlyElectric range is limited
Cheap to run on zero-emission electric rangeNot a Porsche Cayenne (some interior materials feel cheap)
An enhanced exterior stylingA seven-seat option not available

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The Volkswagen Touareg PHEV SUV (credit: VW)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Engine:Petrol/Electric (3.0 TSI PHEV)
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Touareg (from € 86,135)
Touareg R (from € 98,935)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 14.3 kWh / 17.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.6 kW AC (0% to 100%: 5 hrs 10 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:51 – 50 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):1686
Width (mm):1984
Length (mm):4878
Wheelbase (mm):2899
Turning Circle (m):12,19
Boot capacity (L):665

Touareg 3.0 TSI PHEV 381HP
EV Battery Capacity:14.3 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):46 – 48 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/km):24.2 – 24.6
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):2,6
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.6 kW AC (0% to 100%: 5 hrs 10 mins)
Top Speed:250 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (PS):381
Torque (Nm):450
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,468
Colours:9

Touareg 3.0 TSI PHEV 462 HP
EV Battery Capacity:17.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):45 – 47 km
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/km):24.2 – 24.7
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km):2,7
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger 3.6 kW AC (0% to 100%: 5 hrs 10 mins)
Top Speed:250 km/h
0-100 km/h:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):250
Max Power (PS):462
Torque (Nm):450
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,468
Colours:9

Ireland: EV Market Overview


As is the case in a number of global markets, to include the European Union and the United Kingdom, the sale of electric cars in Ireland is also fast gaining momentum. In fact, in January 2022, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed in Ireland. Put another way, more than a fifth of the cars bought in Ireland were either pure electric or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

It is also worth nothing the continued decline in the sale of diesel vehicles in Ireland, as families and businesses migrate to lower tailpipe emission electric vehicles (EVs). Diesel market share has declined from 34.2% in early 2021 to 19.7% in early 2022. We can expect this trend to continue for the forseeable future.

The government has set a target of 936,000 electric vehicles by 2030, with 845,000 to be private passenger cars. This will be approximately a third of the vehicles on roads in Ireland (currently there are 2.8 million vehicles on the road). Like many other governments, Ireland is committed to ending the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030.

The government is committed to the rapid adoption of electric cars in the country. The Department of Transport has committed €100 million for EV subsidies in 2022 (almost double the commitment in 2021). The grant for private electric vehicles is up to €5,000 on qualifying battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), do not qualify for the electric vehicle grant.


Ireland: Top Electric Cars


Top Electric Cars Type Of EV
Tesla Model 3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.3Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Nissan LeafBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Renault ZoeBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Volkswagen ID.4Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Hyundai IONIQ 5Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia e-NiroBattery-electric vehicle (BEV)
Kia EV6Battery-electric vehicle (BEV)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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