- The new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, the German brand's first fully electric car for the U.S. market, starts at $36,265.
- The e-Golf arrives at U.S. VW dealerships in November.
- Standard equipment includes a 7.2kW onboard charger, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and LED headlights.
HERNDON, Virginia — The new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, the German brand's first fully electric car for the U.S. market, starts at $36,265, including an $820 destination charge, the automaker announced on Monday.
The e-Golf arrives at U.S. Volkswagen dealerships in November.
Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies told Edmunds the e-Golf will be available at participating dealerships in so-called "ZEV" states, including California, New York, Oregon and Vermont. ZEV stands for "zero-emissions vehicle."
Pricing is before any federal or state tax credits.
Gillies said the e-Golf is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Standard e-Golf equipment includes a 7.2kW onboard charger, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control and LED headlights.
Other standard features include 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless access and a rearview camera.
In comparison, the base gasoline-powered 2015 Volkswagen Golf Launch Edition starts at $18,815, including shipping.
Volkswagen also announced a collaboration with 3Degrees, a renewable energy services provider, to "invest in carbon reduction projects to help offset the emissions created from production, distribution and charging of the e-Golf for up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving."
The EPA has official ratings for the standard 2015 Golf, but has not posted MPGe information or range on the e-Golf. But Volkswagen said the e-Golf will have an average range between 70 and 90 miles, "depending on driving style and charging behavior."
Standard fast charging capability allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes for the e-Golf, VW said.
The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 8,376 public electric charging stations in the U.S.
The VW e-Golf also provides a new roadside assistance program.
If the customer runs out of charge and is within 100 miles of their home, Volkswagen's Roadside Assistance provider will deliver the car to a nearby and convenient source for charging and will pay for the customer to take a taxi home or to work if they decide not to travel with the car. The plan covers unlimited events.
Edmunds says: The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is in the ballpark when it comes to pricing versus its competitors. It should be a compelling choice for customers seeking an alt-fuel offering.