Volkswagen e-Golf heading to the United States

Volkswagen has confirmed that its electric-powered e-Golf is to be offered in the United States.

Outwardly similar to a regular model, the five-door e-Golf features a liquid-cooled 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 113 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) electric motor. With 270 Nm (199 lb/ft) of peak torque the 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 10.4 seconds is brisk enough, but top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph (140 km/h).

More important than performance is range. On average, it’s anticipated to be a fairly modest 70 to 90 miles (about 110 to 145 kilometres).

Volkswagen e-Golf (2015) Front Side

In an attempt to address potential customer concerns about living with an electric vehicle, the specification boasts a fast charging facility as standard. It replenishes the batteries to 80 percent capacity in around half an hour. Alternatively, fully recharging a totally flat battery takes 20 hours via a standard domestic socket, or approximately four hours using a special 220 volt / 7.2 kW wallbox.

As well as a ‘Normal’ driving mode, drivers will be able to select ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’ settings to help conserve energy. These aren’t without compromise though, as they restrict output to 92 bhp (69 kW / 94 PS) and 72 bhp (54 kW / 74 PS) respectively. Furthermore, the regenerative braking system can be adjusted to three different severity levels.

Volkswagen e-Golf (2015) Front Side X-Ray

Also included in the specification are all-LED headlights, unique 16” alloy wheels, low rolling resistance tyres, a redesigned grille and an aerodynamically-optimised rear spoiler.

Sales of the Volkswagen e-Golf are scheduled to begin in selected states during the fourth quarter of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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