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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 2:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'll give Nissan a pass since they were first. But for an EV introduced in 2015, 116hp is a joke.

BYD makes a $30k PHEV with two 150hp electric motors. Their future target is for all EVs to do 0-100km/h in under 5s, because like Tesla (and anyone with a brain) they clearly recognize that high performance is where electric motors show the most advantage over ICE.

Now I'm to believe that VW can't even match half of what the Chinese can do?

RE: VW still playing catchup
By foxalopex on 5/14/2014 4:54:18 PM , Rating: 2
I would be careful comparing a Chinese car to a North American or European car. There's a lot of regular ICE Chinese cars which are much cheaper than the equivalent car in North America but get into a collision and I'll bet you won't want the Chinese car anymore because you'll be dead.

A bigger electric motor means more strain on the batteries and you just can't assume that your Lithium batteries can take it. It can lead to fires and other issues. The Volt for example is a hair faster when running both on battery and gas engine simultaneously because the battery can't safely supply the huge amount of current required. It is also why the original Telsa S with the small battery was slower than the Telsa S with the largest battery. The pack couldn't supply enough power. If you overdrive a Lithium battery even if it doesn't catch fire, you will kill it's overall lifespan.

RE: VW still playing catchup
By Reclaimer77 on 5/14/2014 6:07:10 PM , Rating: 1
Why are you concerned with the horsepower of an EV? I's an EV.

If you honestly think Model S type performance is important to the average EV buyer...I don't know.

If you want high horsepower, well you want a car with some balls. The direct opposite of what people associate an "EV" with.

Now I'm to believe that VW can't even match half of what the Chinese can do?

LOL are we talking about the same VW? Of course they can't match the Chinese!

RE: VW still playing catchup
By Mint on 5/15/2014 6:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not asking for Model S performance. I'm asking for BMW i3 performance. This is slower than a Prius, and not even close to a Golf TDI.

And do you know why VW gave the Golf TDI enough power to be substantially faster than a Prius? Because doing so improves sales! Why is this so hard for you to understand?
LOL are we talking about the same VW? Of course they can't match the Chinese!

VW owns Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bugatti, among others. I only asked for them to match HALF of what the Chinese can do. Is that too much to ask for the world third largest automaker?

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