VW will not offer special sales incentives for the e-Golf in the UK

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 12, 2014

Despite the fact that it doesn’t expect high volume sales, Volkswagen will not offer any sales incentives for the e-Golf a.k.a. the electric version of the Golf. As a result, there will be no batter-hire scheme like that offered by Renault for its electric models, or any system of credits that gives owners access to combustion-engined cars for longer trips, available for the BMW i range.

The first deliveries of the e-Golf arrived at the end of August in the United Kingdom, and the electric car will be available for 25,845 GBP after the Government’s 5,000 GBP low-CO2 grant. Still, Volkswagen will offer the e-Golf for 229 GBP a month on a PCP plan.

According to the manufacturer, the e-Golf customers are likely to be fleets and sales will be in the hundreds rather than the thousands. For those who don’t know, the e-Golf uses an electric motor that produces 115 hp (85 kW) and 270 Nm of torque.

The engine enables to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.4 seconds, while top speed is 140 km/h or 87 miles. In addition, the e-Golf carries a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a range of up to 90 miles (145 km).

What’s more interesting is that the battery can be charged to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes from a fast charger, or to a full capacity in 8 hours. Using a standard domestic plug, a full charge takes 13 hours.

The manufacturer offers an eight-year warranty for the batteries or 99,000 miles.

Regarding the optional equipment, the e-Golf is based on the combustion-engined Golf SE trim level, but comes with additional equipment such as two-zone climate control, sat-nav with additional range information and the option to charge the car remotely using a smartphone.

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