Volkswagen e-Golf Availability Begins To Spread Across The Nation

MAR 25 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 37

VW e-Golf - Image Credit Tom Moloughney

VW e-Golf – Image Credit Tom Moloughney

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf is coming…

Just last month, Volkswagen began to expand the e-Golf’s availability in the U.S.  It’s no longer a California-only electric car.  In fact, a dealership in Rhode Island now has e-Golfs in stock:

VW e-Golf Electric Car Arrives at One Local Dealership

The all-electric 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is slowly making its way to dealerships across the country, and has already landed at Rhode Island’s Speedcraft VW

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf was named the Car of the Year by both Motor Trend and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is a versatile compact car that has been enjoying mass appeal among a large cross section of American drivers. On the heels of these recent awards, Volkswagen has now begun delivering the highly-anticipated, all-electric, 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf to dealers dotted across the country. In Rhode Island, Speedcraft VW is one of the first to receive the e-Golf.

Nearly a year after the e-Golf went on sale in Germany, it has finally become available in the United States. Some dealerships in California were able to get the e-Golf as early as November of 2014, but it has taken until the new year for the electric Golf to arrive at dealerships throughout the Northeast.

Many early reports indicate that the Volkswagen e-Golf will quickly become the best-selling plug-in electric car on the market. The current range of the e-Golf is 83 miles on a single charge. Charging the car isn’t difficult, as it is simply plugged into a wall outlet. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Volkswagen showed that they plan to make charging their electric vehicles effortless, with inductive charging. Speedcraft VW detailed those plans in depth on its blog.
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Speedcraft VW performed independent, on-site cold-weather testing on the new e-Golf after a recent snowfall. Management proclaimed, “The e-Golf performs great in the snow.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the Volkswagen e-Golf is encouraged to stop into Speedcraft VW or visit them online at www.speedcraftvw.com. They are also welcome to call the dealership directly at 866-308-5703.

Officially, Volkswagen states this in regards to e-Golf availability in the U.S.:

“The all-new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be available only through participating VW dealerships in initial launch states including: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC.”

However, we believe that the e-Golf will be made available nationwide at some point in the near future.

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these little short range cars gotta get cheaper and as fast as possible

I would go for the VW Golf GTE which is a far more useable car.

Ditto. I would love to have a GTE! Unfortunately, it’s not coming to the US. Instead we’ll get the Audi e-tron for an extra $2.5k per ring.

They should supply both and let the customers choose, in a lot of counties you can buy both.
sales of them can be seen here:
http://ev-sales.blogspot.co.nz/

Spark EV is smaller, but ~$10K less. I’m glad the eGolf has CCS charging. Now we need to keep rolling out the public chargers.

It is the same size and cost as a top end Leaf. These 2 cars are similar enough for me to think that people will not flock from one to the other but the Leaf has 2 cheaper, more popular trims which makes me think that the Leaf will out sell the Golf.

In the US, based on sheer availability, you are right. Until VW really wants to ship big quantities here, Leaf will greatly outsell. And besides Japanese cars sell way more than German ones here.

But in Europe… in Norway the e-Golf is already kicking the Leaf’s butt: 1718 eGolfs sold in Jan-Feb, vs. only for the Leaf, which was the 2014 best-seller there.
http://ev-sales.blogspot.com/search/label/Norway

Nissan better start coming up with longer ranges sooner than it had planned…

Meanwhile I’m bummed that yet another EV maker is giving WA state the finger, at least for now. You made it as far as Oregon and won’t come here? Way more BEVs are sold here vs. Oregon.

Sorry, the Jan-Feb #s for Leaf were 556, signalling a drop from last year. It’s not just Golf fanatics who waited to eGolf. Nissan is directly losing sales there now.

It doesn’t go to Washington state because Washington state is NOT a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Zero Emiission Vehicle (ZEV) state. Contact your governor’s office and ask them why!

CARB-ZEV – California’s ZEV program has now been adopted by the states of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. These states, known as the “Section 177 states,” have chosen to adopt California’s air quality standards in lieu of federal requirements as authorized under Section 177 of the federal Clean Air Act. Additionally, California’s GHG standards are now spelled out federal law. Maine, Washington DC and New Jersey are participating with ZEV initiatives, but are not signatory CARB-ZEV states.

Yeah yeah I know,

It’s not the governor but the fossilized Legislature that puts sticks in wheels all the time.

Still, given they’re planning to expand anyway, why not start early in what is consistently one of the top 2-3 EV markets in the country?

Yeah, I would assume climate change aware Inslee would love to sign up to the CARB rules. But I guess the legislators say no. 🙁

Washington state is a CARB state… but not a CARB-ZEV state.

CARB states – Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, District of Columbia.

Why would they want to “expand” into a place that they don’t get credit for? You do know why they build the car, right? ***** Starting in 2012, the six “Large Vehicle Manufacturers” (LVM) were required to sell a minimum number of California Air Resources Board – Zero Emission Vehicle (CARB-ZEV) qualifying vehicles for compliance in California: Manufacturer – ZEV used for CARB compliance: Ford – Focus EV Honda – Fit EV Chrysler/Fiat – 500e Toyota – Rav4 EV, iQ EV GM Chevrolet – Spark EV Nissan – LEAF For model years 2015 and beyond, both LVM and Intermediate Vehicle Manufacturers (IVM) must comply with CARB-ZEV: BMW – i3, including gasoline hybrid version dubbed “REx” Fiat/Chrysler – 500e Ford – Focus EV, hydrogen by 2018 or more capable EV, like GM? General Motors – Spark EV, future Sonic platform Bolt EV Honda – absolutley hydrogen Hyundai – absolutley hydrogen, but may hedge bets with an EV Kia – Soul EV Mazda – Demio EV (where is this?) Daimler/Mercedes – B-Class ED, Smart ED, hydrogen by 2018, Tesla Model S like car by 2020 called eLux Nissan – LEAF, eNV-2000, probably other future EVs (perhaps hydrogen in Japan, though) Toyota –… Read more »

I am amused by the thought that Tesla would choose to “meet their obligation with Plug-In Hybrids”.

Actually, in its early days Tesla Motors talked about making a PHEV. They publicly announced they were dropping that idea shortly after the Volt debuted.

I think it’s good that Tesla is focusing on making tip-top BEVs. Do one thing, and do it well. Don’t try to be a Swiss army knife; don’t do several things, but do them all poorly.

Based on my experience with VWs, this may end up being the most enjoyable EVs to drive. Hopefully it won’t feature legendary VW electrical issues. Given an EV’s more simple architecture compared to an ICE car, one would hope it fares well.

“Many early reports indicate that the Volkswagen e-Golf will quickly become the best-selling plug-in electric car on the market.”

Really?? Nissan own this segment of the market and has a pretty developed supply chain, has paid off quite a bit of the capital investment and has been continuously improving its product over the last 4 years.

IMO you have to do something more revolutionary than just turning up to the market with a better looking car (note, I didn’t say the Golf is a good looking car just better looking than the Leaf, i-Miev, Honda Jazz or i3). Ford learnt that with the Focus EV, although it would have been much more popular if they’d actually build them in reasonable numbers and let anyone know they existed – so maybe the jury is still out on that one.

I’d love to see this car becoming a runaway success but I think VW are being somewhat unrealistic.

So, in 2015, Volkswagen finally offers a BEV very similar to the Nissan Leaf, which debuted in 2010. In fact, the EPA range of 83 miles is almost exactly the same as the EPA’s latest rating for the Leaf: 84 miles. But there is one significant difference: at a base price of $35,445, it’s noticeably more expensive than the Leaf’s base price of $29,010.

We can clearly see the consequences of VW loudly and frequently saying it had no intention of jumping on the EV bandwagon, for years after nearly every other auto maker had started their EV development: They’re about 4-5 years behind Nissan, and of course Nissan is just playing follow-the-leader with Tesla.

In every disruptive tech revolution, some of the former market leaders fail to make the transition and go out of business. Right now, it looks like VW is the one large auto maker most likely to suffer that fate.

“We can clearly see the consequences of VW loudly and frequently saying it had no intention of jumping on the EV bandwagon”.

This statement is not correct.

Here a press announcement dd 10 mai 2011 by VW’s CEO Martin Winterkorn- “Our aim is market leadership in e-mobility by 2018”.

Actually, looking at EV sales blog, VW group is already the leader in Europe if you cumulate the sales of eGolf, Golf GTE, Audi A3 etron, Porsche cayenne PHEV. Only country where they are not is France with Renault taking the lead there. Golf is part of the reason why Tesla sales number are so bad in Europe this quarter, other being low EUR and high prices. So as I see it emobinity leader in Europe is VW, leader in China is BYD, no lets see what happens in NA in the 18 months to come.

You can argue with facts all you like, but that doesn’t actually affect reality.

Admittedly it has been 4-1/2 years since Volkswagen sales chief Christian Klingler said there is no market for EVs and that the government was forcing them to make electric cars, but VW did not announce its first production EV until March 2013.

http://www.plugincars.com/volkswagen-sales-chief-says-government-forcing-them-build-electric-cars-106443.html

http://www.gizmag.com/volkswagen-first-electric-e-up/26654/

My spouse an I share a Leaf and and e-Golf. The e-Golf is generally the better car, and it is a more comfortable fit for my tall family of four. The Leaf has a couple of features that are better: better charging indicators and lighted charging port, all seats are heated as is the steering wheel. And it has CHAdeMO quick charging, which are actually available over a wide area. The CCS chargers for the e-Golf has none anywhere near where I live. I much prefer the charging port location in the nose of the Leaf. The e-Golf has the best feature of any EV: it coasts when you lift your right foot, so you use the kinetic energy of the moving car in the most efficient way possible. It also has four levels of regen toggled by the driver with the “shifter”. It also has a direct heating defroster; but this is not as effective as I would have hoped. Another niggle is the charging port locks every time, and you have to unlock the car in order to release the plug. The Leaf has this an an option, which is much more helpful. The e-Golf resets the HVAC… Read more »

“Another niggle is the charging port locks every time, and you have to unlock the car in order to release the plug.”

LOL! I guess that is to prevent people from siphoning electrons out of the car? 😉

It’s to prevent someone from unplugging your EV before it finishes charging. That’s not a foolish worry; EV owners have reported that happening at public chargers.

BTW, thanks for this long list of differences between the LEAF & eGolf. You should write up a blog entry or story on it because it is quite useful for people to know the subtle differences between these two cars which have very similar specs.

Thanks – I will try to do this. We have had the Leaf for ~6 months and the e-Golf for a bit more than a month.

I would love to see a full write-up (even though we may never see the e-Golf in Texas).

Thanks for sharing your experience.

No one should assume that the e-Golf was a CA-only vehicle until now. Two Rochester, NY dealers have had them since the earliest days of availability.

The e-Golf is a perfect example of a car that has a very limited future in its current form. How will an 83-mile e-Golf compete with a 200-mile Bolt in 2017 at essentially the same pre-incentive price? It has no chance. Either the e-Golf will get a quick revision or a big honkin’ price cut.

But this is really good news, as we get more models, some, like the Leaf, with various trim levels and ranges, which will give customers more choice and will also give car makers some real-world data they can examine about buyer preferences.

As I wrote before VW owns Audi so that I wouldn’t be surprised for the eGolf to soon benefit from the small cell high density battery technology (154 Wh/kg at pack level) that the Audi R8 has already now. For sure when competition (GM, Nissan, Tesla) will come with their 200 miles range EV, VW will just not sit and look at the show. Now it all depends of the cost of that “Tesla like” battery technology but VW being a huge group and needing it for every single PHEV model they issue (and they issue one new PHEV model about every quarter) one can assume that they should manage to get the battery Kwh price down at least as well as GM, Tesla or Nissan.

I like the e-Golf. Saw lots of them now in CA. Wish it would be a bit cheaper…

They have a lower priced model coming soon – $2,000 less – or $70 month less on the lease. The lease is the better way to go in my opinion.

The west coast and the northeast… Not quite National until it shows up in EV keen places like Colorado, Georgia and Texas.

Not quite national until it shows up in all fifty states!

Cool. I saw an eGolf the other day. They are definitely not so easy to spot since they do just look like normal Golfs. It just looked new and had the white sticker.

The e-Golf has the unique ‘C’ LED driving lights on the lower front corners, and the smooth flat alloys (though these will not be on the Limited Edition lower priced model that is coming soon).

I think those are what drew my eyes. Are those the blue LEDs?

The blue accent stripe is not lit. The headlights – and ALL the lights on this first version of the e-Golf are LED.