All-electric Volkswagen e-Golf with 115-mile* Range Coming to U.S. in Q4 2014
May 14, 2014 7:43 AM
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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
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
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.”
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RE: Needs to be marketed as "An additional vehicle"
5/14/2014 2:01:42 PM
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.
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