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

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.



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.

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