2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show; Range Optimistically Listed at 118 Miles


e-Golf Interior

e-Golf Interior

Volkswagen just unveiled its 2015 e-Golf electric in full production trim at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The five-door hatchback features a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which VW claims will provide the e-Golf with up to 118 miles of range (NEDC) or around 80 miles in the real world according to our estimates.

VW says that the e-Golf is an in-house design and that all of the critical electric bits, including the motor and battery pack, will be built at its Kassel components factory in Germany.

Some additional specs for the e-Golf include the following:

  • 114 horsepower
  • 199 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds
  • 87 mph top speed
  • Drag coefficient of 0.28
  • Three drive modes: Normal, Eco and ECO+
  • Four levels of regenerative braking: D1, D2, D3 and B
  • Optional CCS
  • 13-hour recharge on standard 230-volt socket or 8 hours with optional wall-box charger

The VW e-Golf will launch in Europe in Spring of 2014.  It won’t arrive in the US until later 2014 or early 2015.  Unfortately, there’s still no pricing information out on the e-Golf.  However, we suspect that it’ll launch in the US with a price in the mid-$30,000 area.

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18 Comments on "2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show; Range Optimistically Listed at 118 Miles"

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hate golfs all the lame kids that drive them that think their the s*** are annoying

Yeah! Screw those Golf drivers! And you know what is even worse? Posts without capitals or punctuation, making them very difficult to read. Hate to say it, but your post makes me think you’re one of those “lame kids”.

And don’t forget lack of spelling skills

The 2013 Leaf is rated 120 miles NEDC, so indeed the e-Golf should go about 83 miles EPA.

Other specs are almost identical too (battery, power, torque etc), like if VW’s engineers just aimed at replicating the Leaf… save for the look and quick-charging capability.

It will be interesting to see if they manage to match Nissan on price too — and who knows where it will be by “late 2014 / early 2015”.

Agreed. VW stated in the past some very high EV aspirations, but this vehicle doesn’t lend itself to that train of thought at all. It’s a VW LEAF. Other than styling, what differentiates it from the LEAF?

Whats the difference? The same things that differentiates the Golf from the TIIDA… the badge on the front plus a few teaks to the handling, nicer seats, more refined styling and a whole lot better marketing. Really what is the difference between a Focus, Golf, Corolla and TIIDA anyway?

I think this is too little too late – I mean, by the time we see this in the US, we’ll have updates to the Leaf and supply to non-CA markets of the Spark or Fit … with possible price drops too. Who would bother with the E-Golf? I suspect the German automakers are dragging their feet a bit due to their culture but also their markets. The whole concept of a two-car garage with one car being a gas car and the other an EV, is not reality. Most people park on the street and live in apartments AND they want a car that can go 100 mph. It’s just not a good market for EVs, so it’s no wonder the German automakers are not doing much – it just doesn’t make sense for them. (I see BMW as a bit of an exception … but time will tell.)

Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Spark, Fit, or any other compliance car to arrive in non-CA markets. I seriously doubt any of them will even make it into other CARB states.

I don’t expect the Honda Fit or Fiat 500 to be sold outside of CA. But, GM has said repeatedly the Spark will be available nationwide. Since they are already doing so well with the Volt and have a nationwide EV dealer network, I tend to believe them. I hope I haven’t triggered the EV1 haters. 🙂

Have they said the Spark *EV* will be available nationwide? I’ve heard them say it will be available in Canada and South Korea but I haven’t heard anything about other states yet.

I see lots of e-Golf-cart jokes in this car’s future.

So basically it is a Leaf clone delivered 4 years later. ZZzzz…..

Well, I’m glad to have another EV on the market but I don’t think this is going to set the world on fire. And why don’t they at least give it a different name! Well, at least it has some tweaks with the braking adjustability.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Too slow.

To think I was going to buy an EV decades ago when I got out of high school (secondary school), that was basically a Golf Cart, but now in a year or so I can buy a real Golf!!!

The plug-in hybrid version should sell better until the EV range increases….


I’m still waiting for an electric car to get me from my house to Tampa on I-4 at 70MPH, through Tampa over the Howard Franklin bridge, through St Pete to my moms house and back home which is a 100 mile trip..

I have a 2010 “City” Golf 2.0 L GAS buggy, not diesel …pretty much pimped out with all the goodies. When I can drive over 1000km (620miles) on a single charge as I can on a single (really full) tank of gas (about 58 liters)…electric is ready for prime time and I will be ready to buy….but until then…There are all kinds of pump and dump outfits plugging such esoteric energy storage models such as ESSTOR and that super secret ultra capacitor… and where did that idea go kiddies? Someone has probably bought themselves a nice villa in Mexico. . .

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