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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 Mint on 5/14/2014 1:27:43 PM , Rating: 3
How many $100k cars rolling around do you see on a daily basis?
Quite a few. It's got decent volumes with high margins, which is why VW group, BMW, Daimler, Toyota, and others all have a presence there with multiple vehicles. Am I to believe all these companies are idiots for investing in this segment? $100k was just an example, too, as these manufacturers didn't make EVs in the $60-90k segments either.

Rarely are engine technologies not introduced on performance cars before they trickle down. This is how technology always works if you're actually trying, as opposed to just fulfilling a PR need.
Saying everyone can get EV subsidies so that means everyone should be making EV's
Where did I say everyone should be making EVs? Huh? All I said is that it's an equal opportunity, nullifying the dumb analogy you made when saying, "Did ARM and Qualcom get subsidies to compete with against Intel?"

It's IMPOSSIBLE to meet the new fleet requirements using just ICE vehicles
54.5 CAFE is ~40 MPG real world, because for anything but a compact the actual requirement is lower. Automakers are ahead of schedule in meeting CAFE.
I never said they're for everyone, especially pure EVs.
Oh no, you don't do that at all. You just browbeat anyone who says otherwise...
All talk and zero proof. I suppose you think I browbeat myself? I've stated again and again that my guess is 10% market share for pure EVs:

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