Volkswagen released today all the details of the new Golf Blue-e-motion, the first purely electrically powered version of the most successful European car ever built. The new car carries an electric motor replacing the traditional petrol engine, capable to deliver a maximum power of 85 kW / 115 PS and a continuous power output of 50 kW / 69 PS, as well as a maximum torque of 270 Newton-metres.
The electricity is stored in a lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 26.5 kilowatt-hours, which provides a total range of up to 150 kilometres (93 miles), as well as a top speed of 135 km/h or 84 mph. The car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.8 seconds.
As expected, the battery modules, which have a total weight of 315 kilograms, are installed in the floor of the bootspace (fully usable cargo capacity: 275 litres). The car can be recharged via a plug connector found behind the folding VW logo on the radiator grille.
During the charging, the car has a LED that flashes in the charge state indicator, and the charge level shown in the indicator is continually updated.
In addition, the car features three driving profiles: "Normal," "Comfort+" and "Range+." In the "Comfort+", the full 85 kW of power is available, providing a top speed of 135 km/h.
The "Normal" mode reduces the power to 65 kW and top speed is lowered to 115 km/h. The "Range+" limits the power of the car to 50 kW, while the top speed achieve is 105 km/h. Furthermore,air conditioning system is completely deactivated.