Volkswagen e-Golf launched in Germany

Release Date: Spring 2014 in Europe, Late 2014 in North America
MSRP: $35,445 in US, £25,845 in UK, €34,900 in Europe
Battery Pack Size: 24.2 kWh
Electric Range: 118 miles NEDC
MPGe: 116
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Volkswagen’s bestselling vehicle, the Golf, is now available as an all-electric car in Germany. Today, the automaker announced the pricing and specifications for the VW e-Golf.

The e-Golf is available from €34,900 and includes the ‘Discover Pro’ radio/navigation system, heated windscreen, automatic climate control, parking heater and ventilation, leather wrapped steering wheel, aerodynamic allow wheels, and full LED headlights.

Power consumption for the e-Golf is rated at 12.7kWh/100 kilometers combined city and highway driving. With an electric motor rated at 115 horsepower, the e-Golf can get up to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds. A 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides a range of up to 190 km on the NEDC test cycle. Best of all, since the e-Golf is based on the new Volkswagen platform, no cargo space is taken up by the battery pack.

On the outside, the electric Golf looks just like the other Golf family vehicles, except for aerodynamic alloy wheels and a slightly different front fascia (with smaller cooling openings than the gasoline version), as well as distinctive C-shaped daytime running LED lights.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is Volkswagen’s second electric vehicle to be offered within the last 6 months – the other electric vehicle is the Volkswagen e-Up!

Full Press Release from Volkswagen below:

The Golf is the most successful European car of all time. In launching the new e-Golf *, Volkswagen is now bringing the bestseller onto the market as a full production electric vehicle as well. The especially agile and efficient compact car supplements the highly economic fleet of 3 Euro vehicles and boasts an extensive range of standard features. The e-Golf can be immediately recognised by its signature LED headlights and is available from €34,900.

In launching the e-Golf, Volkswagen is bringing its second electric vehicle onto the market inside six months. The agile and efficient e-Golf impresses with best-in-class qualities from the off, leading the way with low power consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km. In addition to the environmental aspect, the practically silent and thus gliding e-Golf is also very inexpensive to run, as power costs are just €3.28 per 100 kilometres. Thanks to a particularly innovative overall technological system, improved aerodynamics (cw=0,281) and perfected rolling resistance, the new, all-electric Volkswagen is over 15 per cent more energy-efficient than the best steel-built direct competitor. Joining the e-up! ** and eco-up! ***, the e-Golf thus extends the Volkswagen brand’s fleet of highly efficient 3 Euro vehicles.

The e-Golf is ‘Das e-Auto’ – it has the same handling, comfortable ride and generous amount of space that has seen the Golf so appreciated for decades by over 30 million car buyers. The e-Golf is in addition fitted with a very good range of standard features, including four doors, the high-end ‘Discover Pro’ radio/navigation system, heated windscreen, automatic climate control, parking heater and ventilation, leather steering wheel, aerodynamically optimised ‘Astana’ alloy wheels and, being used for the first time by Volkswagen, full LED headlights. Another especially economic and likewise standard feature are the LED daytime running lights, which by virtue of their signature C-shaped format immediately identify the e-Golf as a Volkswagen electric vehicle.

The electric engine delivers 85 kW / 115 PS and from a standing start develops maximum torque of 270 Nm. This deployment of power produces a superb driving performance: the e-Golf reaches a speed of 60 km/h within 4.2 seconds and after just 10.4 seconds the Volkswagen is up to 100 km/h. A fascinating factor here is the pull-away performance, which is extremely comfortable and totally free of any delay. Depending on the nature of the route, driving style and load, the range is between 130 and 190 kilometres. The new e-Golf is available in Germany now. Prices start from €34,900 (including the 8-year / 160,000-kilometre battery guarantee).

Under the slogan ‘electrified’, Volkswagen will be launching a series of e-mobility weeks in March on the site of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport. The Wolfsburg-based company will be offering selected industry guests a comprehensive and detailed overview of Volkswagen capabilities in the field of electrically powered motoring. From 14th – 16th March there will also be the opportunity for members of the public to avail themselves of the numerous facilities on offer, such as test driving vehicles fitted with the innovative engine systems. The e-mobility weeks will be rounded off with public concerts in the evening. For further details of the full programme and the bands performing, please see www.emobility.volkswagen.de.

* e-Golf power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emission in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

** e-up! power consumption in kWh/100km: 11.7 (combined); CO2 emission in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

*** eco-up! fuel consumption in natural gas (CNG) kg/100 km: 3.6 kg/100 km (urban) / 2.5 kg/100 km (extra urban) / 2.9 kg/100 km (combined), CO2 emission in g/km: 79 g/km (combined); efficiency class: A+

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