Volkswagen e-Golf to Make U.S. Debut This Week

By Jeremy Del Nero on 19 November 2013
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Volkswagen eGolf

Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen’s e-Golf, the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

The e-Golf’s electric propulsion system provides a driving range of between 70 and 90 miles (112 to 145 kilometers), and develops 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.  From a standstill, the e-Golf can reach 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in approximately 10.4 seconds and the vehicle’s maximum speed is electronically limited to 87 mph (140 km/h).

The 700-pound (317.5-kilogram) lithium-ion battery can be charged in 20 hours from a standard 120-volt outlet, or in under four hours from a 220-volt garage wallbox or carport.  In addition, the battery will reach a charge of 80% in approximately 30 minutes when connected to a standard Combined Charging System port.

The e-Golf is equipped with three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Eco+.  Driving in Eco and Eco+ mode will extend the driving range of the vehicle, but will decrease the car’s overall horsepower and torque.  In Eco mode, the engine will be limited to 94 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque; in Eco+ mode, these numbers will be further reduced to 74 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque.

The zero tailpipe emission e-Golf will go on sale in select U.S. states in the fourth quarter of 2014.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)