The Volkswagen e-Golf will have a 109-mile range and a top speed of 84mph
20 February 2013

More details and pictures of the first all-electric Volkswagen Golf have emerged ahead of the car’s official reveal at next week’s Geneva motor show.

The Volkswagen e-Golf will have a 109-mile range and is claimed to take five hours to charge from a household socket. The 26.5kW battery is mated to a 114bhp, 199lb ft electric motor. According to reports, the new technology adds around 250kg to the standard car’s kerb weight.

The report says the e-Golf will take 11.8sec to reach 62mph from rest and can achieve a limited 84mph top speed.

Three drive modes will be available: Normal, Eco and Range. Eco limits peak power to 95bhp and the top speed to 74.5mph, while Range deactivates the air conditioning and limits the maximum speed to 59mph. 

The e-Golf is part of a new model offensive which will see Volkswagen launch seven new derivatives of the C-segment hatchback.

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20 February 2013

Bit late to the party but it'll be interesting how it stacks up to the electric focus later in the year.

Great if you're in a 2 car family and commute around 60 odd miles a day (like the most car commuters) and even better if you commute into the London charging zone. Has the added advantage of being real quite too!

Looks like the future is electric, even the anti-hybird/battery brigade are quieting down, thank god!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

20 February 2013

I assume the range figures are acheived in "Range" mode?

If that is the case, what is it in the other two modes, driving it in a normal fashion?

What's the projected price as well?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 February 2013

Finally VW musters up a rival to Nissan Leaf. Curiously there is no mention of price.

Going by VW's asking prices for its other cars this electric version of Golf won't be cheap.

Charging time of five hours is Volkswagen's one up on Nissan Leaf's eight hours.

20 February 2013

fadyady wrote:

Finally VW musters up a rival to Nissan Leaf. Curiously there is no mention of price.

Going by VW's asking prices for its other cars this electric version of Golf won't be cheap.

Charging time of five hours is Volkswagen's one up on Nissan Leaf's eight hours.

Will a charging time of five hours, assuming from a flat battery, for this size battery require an electric feed of over 20 amps? More like a cooker or shower and too much for a standard 13 amp socket?

maxecat

20 February 2013

Maxecat wrote:

Will a charging time of five hours, assuming from a flat battery, for this size battery require an electric feed of over 20 amps? More like a cooker or shower and too much for a standard 13 amp socket?

You may be better off asking a VW dealer. However in his brief article Stuart Milne does say that: "The e-Golf is claimed to take five hours to charge from a household socket."

- Hope that helps you find an answer.

20 February 2013

Given the price Nissan charge for a leaf, you can be damn sure that a golf with similar tech is going to cost a lost more.

I've nothing againts EV's but they dont yet stand up as a cost effective ownership proposition and thats ignoring range anxiety, and longer term issues with the battery tech.

20 February 2013

I quite like the idea of not having to spend £75 to fill the car up each time but the problem with elec cars is there is no guarantee that your elec costs wont soar when these cars take off. There is already concern from the industry that we face an energy shortage in about five years due to some coal power plants being decommissioned and more Nuclear Plants will need to be built. But our short sited government now and in the last decade keep kicking this can down the road. Get your finger out David Cameron and stop worrying about gay rights for a few minites. 

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

20 February 2013

Leaving aside the actual amount this may cost (read expensive), what I think will be appealing is that this looks like a normal car and does not shout about being different.  It will blend in with normality perfectly, no questions asked.

Perhaps this is a time when being a Golf (all looking the same/boring I hear people say) will actually be an advantage.  In fact, the brigade who desire a Golf, but also want to try electric will be able to have their cake and eat it.

20 February 2013

This is a useful addition to the Golf and has a decent enough range too.It will be interesting to see whether all electric or Hybrid will prevail in the future.It seems Hydrogen is dead in the water though.

21 February 2013

With a total of 1262 EV vehicle registrations in UK last year, it's surprising that VW are bothered - there are niche markets, but this is more like a "faint crack" market. Surprised the emphasis hasn't been on hybrid.

So in the last month we have Nissan producing a family hatchback to rival the Golf, and now VW producing an EV to rival the Leaf - presumably somebody at the top in the motor industry knows what they're doing? 

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