March 16th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
The Volkswagen e-Golf, the electric version of the extremely popular VW Golf, has now hit the UK market. After the government’s £5000 Plug-In Car Grant (PICG), the price comes to £25,845. That’s still a bit higher than the Nissan Leaf, which sells for £20,990, but may not be too far off for those who prefer VW and the e-Golf.
VW also offers the smaller and simpler e-Up! in the UK. That one goes for £19,250, and if you’re just looking for a low-priced electric car, is better competition for the world-leading Leaf.
Under the European rating system (quite a bit more loose than the US system), the e-Golf can reportedly get 118 miles per charge, and the fully electric car is said to go from 0 mph to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds. That’s nothing special, but the best part of that is that the car’s instant torque (one of the key benefits of electric cars) allows quick acceleration into traffic, when entering a roundabout from a stopped position, etc.
Using a standard electricity outlet (or the “mains”), it takes about 13 hours to fully charge a VW e-Golf. However, if you use a fast-charger, you can get an 80% charge in just 35 minutes.
When I tested out the VW e-Up! in Barcelona last November (twice), one of the coolest and most unique features of the car was its many regenerative braking options — 5 in total. The VW e-Golf apparently has the same 5 options. From the way the VW representatives focused on this, it was clear VW saw this as one of their unique selling points.
The VW e-Golf is also VW’s first car to use full LED headlights (aka headlamps), which should help a bit with efficiency.
“The VW e-Golf’s AC electric motor delivers 85kW (or 115PS) and a healthy 270Nm of torque. The 318kg battery pack is housed under the car’s floor, and there’s an optional heat pump that draws heat from both ambient air and the vehicle’s drive systems rather than draining the batteries,” Business Car Manager writes.
“In fact, Volkswagen says the heat pump can boost the e-Golf’s range by as much as 20 per cent when temperatures are low. The adoption of an improved heat pump-based heating system was the main feature of the Nissan LEAF’s recent mid-life update.”
Aside from these first two plug-in models from VW, it is also planning a high-performance plug-in hybrid electric Golf GTE. Keep your eyes out for more news from VW shortly!
The VW e-Golf was first introduced to the German market, since that is where it is produced. It sells for €34,900 there.
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