2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Makes US Debut at 2013 LA Auto Show


The Volkswagen e-Golf has officially made its US debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show.

VW e-Golf Interior (2013 LA Auto Show)

VW e-Golf Interior (2013 LA Auto Show)

Unfortunately, VW revealed no further details on the e-Golf, so we’re still waiting on pricing information.  The rest of the details seen below have been previously released and confirmed by VW.

  • US on-sale date in select states of 4th quarter of 2014
  • 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • Real-world range of approximately 80 miles (118 NEDC)
  • 114 horsepower
  • 199 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds
  • 87 mph top speed
  • Drag coefficient of 0.28
  • VW e-Golf  Also Made An Appearance "Yesterday" At The Tokyo Motor Show

    VW e-Golf Also Made An Appearance “Yesterday” At The Tokyo Motor Show

    Three drive modes: Normal, Eco and ECO+

  • Four levels of regenerative braking: D1, D2, D3 and B
  • CCS
  • 13-hour recharge on standard 230-volt socket or 4 hours with optional wall-box charger
  • Spring 2014 launch in Europe
  • Curb weight 3,090 pounds
  • 7.2 kW onboard charger
  • Depending on driving style and charging behavior, the average range for the e-Golf is between 70 and 90 miles
  • CCS is standard in US

Sure wish VW would spill the beans on pricing.  Guess we’ll have to wait a few more months for that vital info to leak on out.

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I’m happy to see another plug-in coming to the US, but who decided that 70-90 miles was the optimal balance of range and price for an EV? It seems like Nissan hit this number, and every EV (except Tesla) falls right in line with it. Why is nobody else experimenting with more range?

Higher cost is the reason. As the price of batteries drops, the bean counters will greenlight higher range vehicles.

I’m guessing that higher distance range vehicles, of this class, are at best several years out. I believe that in the near future, as the price of batteries drop, so will the price of the newer model year cars MSRP, but the range will be the same 70-90.

What is the benefit of the e-Golf over a LEAF? Styling, not included because that’s subjective.
0-60 is slightly slower; charging is slightly faster; battery capacity and range are nearly identical; CCS vs. CHAdeMO (meaning the high-speed charging connectors on the e-Golf will be useless to most people because of a lack of CCS chargers).

I really doubt the e-Golf will beat the LEAF in pricing. Why is this a compelling vehicle?

The Chademo connector on the Leaf was pointless for a few years too, but people still bought it. People choosing a car with CCS might be looking a little further than two years down the road. You’re right though that if VW can’t at least come close to NIssan’s price for the Leaf, it will be a tough sell. Just don’t underestimate the importance of styling, people are shallow!