Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EPA-Estimated Trim Ranges and Fuel Economies
The range provided by the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 differs from trim to trim. As a result, customers often ask us here at Elgin Volkswagen: how much range does each trim of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 provide?(more…)
Unique Feature of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Sit to Start
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is playing a role in ushering in an exciting new era of technology: that of the electric automobile. In addition to an excellent electric powerplant, Volkswagen has loaded this SUV with unique, cutting edge technological features, some of which were not possible with gasoline-powered vehicles.
One of these new innovations is the Sit to Start function. We at Elgin Volkswagen are really excited about it, as are a lot of drivers. Check out the Volkswagen ID.4 sit-to-start function, along with some other nifty new gizmos, in the video below!(more…)
Volkswagen EV Battery Recycling Plant and Breakdown Process Video
Last month, we at Elgin Volkswagen wrote about how our favorite automaker is using a really cool newly developed method for disposing of EV batteries. Not only are we excited by this innovative procedure, but we’re delighted at the way in which it addresses the growing concern of how to handle EV batteries at the end of their lives, as well as how to reliably obtain the precious minerals needed to build them.
To follow up, we wanted to share this intriguing video of both the new EV recycling plant that Volkswagen has built, as well as footage of the battery itself being ground down and recycled. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another to see this process in action. Enjoy!(more…)
Anticipated Future for Autonomous Cars
We here at Elgin Volkswagen are big fans of the idea of “saving time” for ourselves by letting our car drive us to our destination. Having a vehicle drive on its own would be a great opportunity to read, nap, surf the internet, play video games, meditate, or just plain chill.
We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars being worked on for a few years now, and original optimistic predictions said they’d be here by 2020. Well, 2020 has come and gone, and we still have to put our feet, hands and brains to work piloting our vehicles to the dealership each morning. When will self-driving cars actually be available?(more…)
Predicted Electric Vehicle Charging Speeds
Technology is continually accelerating, seemingly at a faster and faster pace (we swear we’ve heard about some law about the exponentially increasing rate of progress). That certainly seems to be the case with electric vehicle tech, which was quite rare on American streets just five years ago but now seems poised to experience a surge in popularity.
As EV technology improves, one element that has held some individuals back form making the switch to such models is the comparatively slow rate of fueling compared to that of a combustion-powered vehicle. We here at Elgin Volkswagen thus decided to look into: will EV charge speeds increase in the future?(more…)
Volkswagen Wireless Phone Charging How-To Guide
The continued advancement of technology leads to, when utilized properly, the continued increase of quality of life. Hopefully, our mental outlook begins to advance as well so that technical innovations can truly bring more ease into our lives rather than merely increasing the frenetic pace and accompanying stress of the modern American lifestyle.
Wireless phone charging is one example of a feature that, by keeping your phone or device fully juiced, can increase the convenience of daily life. How does one use the wireless phone charging feature in their VW?(more…)
Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting
The Volkswagen ID.4 is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason: the model is the brand’s first all-electric SUV and first electric world car. In its effort to be the ultimate electric vehicle for the people, the Volkswagen ID.4 utilizes an array of existing electric car technology as well as freshly developed innovations.
One element falling into the former category is regenerative braking. Regenerative braking, which is utilized in many current EVs, causes a vehicle’s brakes to apply gradually and automatically the moment one takes their foot off the accelerator. The electricity generated by the braking friction is then used to recharge the battery.
The downside, for some, is that regenerative braking takes away a vehicle’s ability to coast. Does the Volkswagen ID.4 use regenerative braking?(more…)
2021 Volkswagen Atlas Remote Start Capability
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is quite the desirable midsize crossover SUV. Users tend to really dig the spacious interior, intuitive features and composed handling. The space is delightfully roomy, while cargo room is vast. The experience of this machine is rounded out by an easy-to-use touchscreen and generous allotment of standard safety gizmos.
One oft-desired feature that can up the convenience factor of modern vehicles is remote start. Does the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas come with remote start?(more…)
2021 Volkswagen Jetta Interior Features and Info
Volkswagen has plopped another great Jetta into existence for the 2021 model year. As hordes of loyal fans of come to expect, this machine boasts a load of great elements both inside and out, leaving acolytes to continue chanting their beloved mantra endlessly under their breath: “Betta Getta Jetta.”
Today, we’re going to turn our attention to what one can find on the inside of this vehicle. What does the interior of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta consist of? What features and amenities are standard and available?(more…)
Volkswagen is on the cusp of unleashing its own electric revolution onto the masses. Leading the “charge” (pun intended) are two similarly named machines: the Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4. Besides one notch on the number line, what sets these two models apart?(more…)