2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Rated at 116 MPGe, 83-Mile Range | Edmunds

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Rated at 116 MPGe, 83-Mile Range


Just the Facts:
  • The all-electric 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 116 combined city/highway Miles per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe).
  • The EPA rated the 2015 e-Golf at 126 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway and said it should be good for a range of up to 83 miles.
  • The all-new e-Golf will go on sale at participating Volkswagen dealerships in select states in November, with prices starting at $36,265.

HERNDON, Virginia — The all-electric 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 116 combined city/highway Miles per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe), which Volkswagen says makes it the most efficient vehicle in the compact EV class.

The all-new e-Golf will go on sale at participating Volkswagen dealerships in select states in November, with prices starting at $36,265, including a destination charge of $820.

The EPA rated the 2015 e-Golf, Volkswagen's first fully electric vehicle for the U.S. market, at 126 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway and said it should be good for a range of up to 83 miles.

Standard equipment on the e-Golf includes a 7.2-kilowatt three-way onboard charger, which a Volkswagen statement says can charge the lithium-ion battery in less than four hours using an optional 240-volt wall box. Plugging in to a 110-volt outlet ups the charging time to around 20 hours, while the standard SAE combo charger, which allows connection at fast-charging stations, will bring the battery up to 80 percent full in about 30 minutes.

Competitors for the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf include the 2015 Nissan Leaf (priced at $29,860 with an $850 destination fee), which is EPA rated at 114 combined MPGe, and the 2014 Ford Focus Electric (priced at $29,995, including an $825 destination charge), which is rated at 105 combined MPGe.

Although such EVs as the 2015 Chevrolet Spark and 2014 BMW i3 have higher EPA ratings than the e-Golf — 119 and 124 combined MPGe, respectively — they are smaller vehicles in a different class.

The EPA's rating system for EVs and other alternative-fuel vehicles, expressed as Miles per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe), represents the number of miles the vehicle can travel using a quantity of fuel with the same energy as a gallon of gasoline. The idea, says the EPA, is to allow a reasonable comparison between vehicles using different types of fuels.

Edmunds says: The EV market is heating up, giving consumers a wider choice of alternative-fuel vehicles.

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