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Volkswagen prices e-Golf in US at $35,445

25 August 2014

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has priced the 2015 e-Golf battery-electric vehicle for the US market. (Earlier post.) The e-Golf starts at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and delivery) for the SEL Premium model.

As a comparison, the three trim levels of the 2015 Nissan LEAF are priced at $29,010 for the S; $32,100 for the SV; and $35,120 for the top-end SL. The Focus Electric starts at $35,170.

Built on the Golf’s sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and powered by a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery (built in-house at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig facility), the e-Golf follows the Golf’s “fun-to-drive, yet practical” formula, with the benefits of an electric vehicle.

Volkswagen has also announced a collaboration with 3Degrees, a renewable energy services provider, to invest in carbon reduction projects to help offset the emissions created from production, distribution and charging of the e-Golf for up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Charging solutions from Bosch and Chargepoint, along with a new Roadside Assistance program and the VW Car-Net e-Golf app are designed to make owning the e-Golf a thoroughly reassuring, rewarding and enjoyable experience. (Earlier post.)

The key features, benefits and standard equipment of the e-Golf are:

  • Combined Charging System (CCS) that allows % battery charge within 30 minutes
  • Standard 7.2kW onboard charger
  • Average range between 70 and 90 miles, depending on driving style and charging behavior
  • Class-leading 199 lb-ft of torque, with 115 horsepower
  • Largest interior space in a compact EV—93.5 cubic feet, same volume as Golf
  • Versatile cargo area, with 22.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats; 52.7 cubic feet with seats folded
  • Three driving profiles designed to preserve energy (“Normal”, “Eco”, and “Eco+”)
  • Three driver-selectable regenerative braking levels
  • 5.8-inch touchscreen navigation system and infotainment center
  • Bluetooth
  • Sirius XM
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking system
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  • Bespoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Rearview camera; and front and rear Park Distance Control
  • Keyless access
  • Heatable front seats

The e-Golf will go on sale in participating dealerships in select states in November 2014.

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Game plan for the VW group, including Audi, on electrification.
Note the plans to ramp up the battery capacity and range on the E-Golf on page 18, where the 36Ah battery pack in this chemistry should give around a 50% range increase over this one, which uses 25Ah.
So the range should go up from something like 80-90 miles on the EPA to 120-130 miles.
Beyond that they are working on different chemistries for far higher ranges likely to be introduced in some of the top Audi's first.

http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/info_center/en/talks_and_presentations/2014/07/FM_04_07_14.bin.html/binarystorageitem/file/06_2014-07-04+Presentation+Barclays+London+Steiger+TOP+COPY.pdf

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