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

Article by Christian A., 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 VW e-Golf arrived at the end of August in the United Kingdom, and the electric car will be available for GBP25,845 after the UK government’s low-carbon dioxide grant of GBP5,000. Still, Volkswagen will offer the e-Golf for GBP229 a month on a PCP plan.

According to the manufacturer, the VW 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) of max motive power and 270 Nm of peak torque.

The electric motor enables the VW e-Golf to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.4 seconds, as well as achieve a top speed of 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 eight hours. Using a standard domestic plug, a full charge takes 13 hours.

The German auto manufacturer offers an eight-year warranty for the batteries or 99,000 miles. Regarding the optional equipment, the VW 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.

Volkswagen unveiled the e-Golf and the e-up! electric cars at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. These electrified units are derived from carmaker’s existing volume offerings. Both the e-up! and e-Golf offer zero-emission driving experience and superb energy efficiency. The e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km while the e-Golf eats up just 12.7 kWh per 100 km.

Both the e-up! and e-Golf retain the attributes of a typical Volkswagen vehicle; they are easy to operate, practical and sophisticated. These new zero-emission cars are produced using the same high-volume production systems already employed in building their conventional counterparts.

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