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.