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*115-miles maximum stated range, YMMV of course

The Germans are coming! We’ve already seen premium German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz bring their all-electric vehicles to the forefront with the i3 and B-Class Electric Drive, respectively. Now mainstream German automaker Volkswagen is looking to join the fun with its e-Golf.
 
The e-Golf is based on the seventh generation (MK7) Golf, which uses Volkswagen’s new modular MQB platform.

 
Compared to its German rivals, the e-Golf is down quite a bit on power. Whereas both the i3 and B-Class Electric Drive feature electric motors with at least 170hp, the e-Golf makes due with 115hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Add in a curb weight of 3,090 lbs (compared to 2,634-lb for the i3) and you’re looking at barely adequate performance. Volkswagen says that the e-Golf will hit 60 mph in a leisurely 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 87 mph.
 
701 pounds of the e-Golf’s weight can be attributed to the lithium-ion battery pack, which is comprised of 264 individual cells. The battery pack has a total capacity of 24.2 kWh and can be charged in four hours using a 240-watt wall box, or in 20 hours using a standard household outlet.

 
Volkswagen says that the e-Golf can travel a maximum of 115 miles on a single charge. This is most likely a “when pigs fly” figure and would only be achievable in absolutely perfect conditions. The average “real world” range, however, is a more realistic 70 to 90 miles according to Volkswagen. The official EPA numbers will likely meet somewhere in the middle of that range, as the BMW i3 is EPA rated at 81 miles with its 22 kWh battery pack.
 
Volkswagen has not provided pricing information on its e-Golf yet, but we hope that the vehicle is priced more in line with the Nissan Leaf ($29,830) and Ford Focus Electric ($35,170) than the BMW i3 ($41,350) and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive ($41,450).
 
The e-Golf will go on sale in the U.S. during the fourth quarter in “select states.”

Source: Volkswagen





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Needs to be marketed as "An additional vehicle"
By GotThumbs on 5/14/2014 11:34:02 AM , Rating: 2
I think VW needs to market this specifically as an "In addtion to" your other vehicle.

If the price can be kept very, very low, then VW could make a go of this and get buyers to use this as a daily work commute vehicle. I don't think this car could really ever be considered as a stand-alone car for someone, unless they rarely drive distances and then would simply rent a car for longer road trips.

Pricing of this vehicle is critical if it is expected to sell IMO. At least it looks better than the nissan leaf.

Maybe they should have used the smaller Rabbit shell, which should be lighter and more suited as a daily commuter vehicle.

Time will tell, but I'm not willing to spend over 10 grand for something in this group.




By Rukkian on 5/14/2014 2:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
The issue with even smaller cars, is a big portion of the weight of the vehicle is due to the battery pack. A smaller vehicle means either a smaller battery (lower capacity) or a higher % of the car weight for the battery itself. It would also mean that more of the total volume of the car would be taken by batteries.

I think a bigger vehicle makes sense for this type of vehicle (look at the model s and upcoming Model X). That way the proportion of battery to car weight is better.

As for the 10K number, I don't see that happening probably ever. While there are some cars you can get for 10k, that will probably not be much longer due to safety equipment regulations, and once you add in a battery pack (currently around 5-7k), there is just no way. I think we could eventually see 18-20k ev's, but that is still several years away imo.


RE: Needs to be marketed as "An additional vehicle"
By Spuke on 5/14/2014 4:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If the price can be kept very, very low,
I guess you're not familiar with VW.


By GotThumbs on 5/22/2014 12:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
I've owned 3 VW Golfs, so you guessed wrong.


By foxalopex on 5/14/2014 5:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Time will tell, but I'm not willing to spend over 10 grand for something in this group.


Not willing to spend over 10 grand?? It's pretty hard to find a NEW decent normal gas powered car for under 10 grand (short of used), I don't even think a new 2014 Corolla is that cheap. And this uses all brand new, fairly expensive technology so I don't see how you would expect them to sell one of these at 10 grand.


By GotThumbs on 5/22/2014 12:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.eliomotors.com/

Here's your answer to a sub 10,000 vehicle that IS specifically designed as a commuter vehicle for those single drivers in SUV's


By Reclaimer77 on 5/14/2014 6:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think VW needs to market this specifically as an "In addtion to" your other vehicle.


That's a losing strategy. You're basically saying they should target the least number of people as possible.

quote:
Time will tell, but I'm not willing to spend over 10 grand for something in this group.


The price of all EV's are ridiculous for what you get. Especially little shi*box ones like this, which to be clear, makes up the majority of all EV's.


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