- The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf, which takes aim at the Nissan Leaf and the Fiat 500e, will go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2014.
- The E-Golf makes its North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
- Volkswagen said the E-Golf will have a range between 70 and 90 miles.
LOS ANGELES — The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf, which takes aim at the Fiat 500e and the Nissan Leaf, will go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2014, said the automaker. The E-Golf makes its North American debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
It was shown originally at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The German EV is a critical one for the brand since it is the first fully electric Volkswagen for the U.S. market. Pricing has not been announced. The E-Golf will go on sale in "select states" that have yet to be named by VW. It will be available only as a hatchback.
Volkswagen said the E-Golf aims to have a range between 70 and 90 miles. It did not offer an estimate on the car's miles-per-gallon (MPGe) equivalent. The drivetrain consists of a 115-horsepower electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a single-speed EQ270 transmission. Top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph.
An optional Roadside Assistance Plan is designed to take the edge off of range anxiety. If a customer runs out of charge and is within 100 miles of their home, VW's Roadside Assistance provider will deliver the car to a nearby 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.
The E-Golf comes with a standard 7.2 kW onboard charger. An optional 220-volt wall box for a garage or carport enables the car to be fully charged in less than four hours.
The E-Golf features three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco+. Eco mode extends the range. In Eco+ mode, the power output is limited to 74 horsepower with a top speed of 56 mph. It is designed to conserve energy.
The E-Golf will be equipped with a standard heat pump that is designed to "ensure optimal range in cold weather," VW said.
Design cues include unique aluminum-alloy wheels and standard LED headlights. The standard LED daytime running lights have a signature C-shaped design, the identifying mark of VW's electric vehicles.
In the cabin, the tachometer is replaced by a power display. Options include heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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