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.