4-5% Of Volkswagen Golfs Sold In US Are Electric

APR 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

VW e-Golf At The 2014 New York Auto Show

VW e-Golf At The 2014 New York Auto Show

Volkswagen began sales of its first all-electric car in the US last November, although the first unit was donated and delivered in October.

Despite sales limited to just California and only one version available at the time, in December e-Golf reached 5.4% share of all Golf family sales in the U.S.

Average for the first couple of months stands at 4-5%.

Recently, Volkswagen announced that e-Golf sales will spread across the nation to a few more states and there is already another, less expensive version available.

At this point, we wonder how high should we expect sales to go – probably electrification of 1 per 10 new Golfs (400-500 units a month) is within reach.

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11 Comments on "4-5% Of Volkswagen Golfs Sold In US Are Electric"

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Sales would be even higher, if VW ever made them available in Non-CARB States, like the one I live in…

Yes VW, people REALLY DO want EV’s. Just make the next gen more compelling and less conservative than the boring “Me too!” e-Golf.

A 200+ mile range e-Bug convertible with Tesla DCFC AND CCS, would be utterly awesome. *hint hint* 😉

And that will happen when pigs can fly.

VW could well do it. The R-8 E-Tron is pretty much a two-seater Tesla Clone, from an engineering standpoint. But possibility and probability are always entwined in a chaotic dance.

Observing the outcome, is always fascinating…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

Does Volkswagen make a profit on these eGolfs sold/leased? Or do they sell them with red ink attached to the income statement?

In order to develop the eGolf, a lot of money was spent. That money is gone, regardless.

At this point I am sure every eGolf that they sell improves their bottom line.

Volkswagen needs to let go of the crazy CCS religion… keep the silly port on the car but also either support it properly by adding 10x the number of chargers out there… or paying Tesla to join the Supercharger net… or adapting for CHAdeMO which is all over the place and almost up to 1000 units in the US.

Well, the Germans are not exactly keen on paying royalties to TEPCO.

I asked that question several months ago and subsequently learned that there are NO royalties on CHAdeMO, even though TEPCO developed it. The only requirement is compliance to the technical standard, which obviously makes sense.

No reason why anyone could not use CHAdeMO on any vehicle.

how about the difficulty of finding room for a chademo port? Remember, the debate isn’t really CCS vs CHademo, it’s CCS vs (Chademo+J1772). BMW had to relocate the AC chargeport under the trunk to accommodate chademo in Japan. Sure you can do like Nissan or Mitsubishi, and either add a massive charging pannel or multiple inlets on the car, but this all adds cost. Not to mention the extra cost of the Chademo port and all of the extra pins and wires and points of failure it has as compared to the two extra pins with CCS.

Nice! I hope that rate continues . . . but it is probably a bit of pent-up demand.