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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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RE: VW still playing catchup
By michael67 on 5/14/2014 11:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
This is what you get for supporting Government forcing technology down the throats of businesses and people when the demand isn't there, and it's not cost effective to do so.

Actually its just a numbers game, if your cheaper off whit a EV or Plug-In its a option for you, if not stick with petrol or diesel.

EVs are mostly a bad pick to use as your only car, but they are great as a second car to use to commute between work and home.

I have now a Model S, as they are real cheap compared to patrol cars here in Norway, specially if you really look at the TCO, if they sued your need.

But before that i drove a Think City, 43 miles a day to and from work, and with all the other driving i drove about 25.000km/y, and would be using about $5000/y, instead of just $700/y on the electric bill.

And my wife just got a Smart Fortwo coupe EV for $33.000 ware a comparable petrol model here $24.000 cost, and she will make the difference back in about 3~4 years.

Rouge car prices: %20coupe&sort=3
1$ = 5.9 Norwegian Kroner

Tho i agree EVs are not for everyone, but i think they could fir 20~30% of the drivers for there daily needs.

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