Volkswagen Unveils Production e-Golf

AUG 27 2013 BY MARK KANE 15

Volkswagen e-Golf will debut together with e-Up!

Volkswagen e-Golf will debut together with e-Up!

Volkswagen e-Golf in front of e-Up!

Volkswagen e-Golf in front of e-Up!

Today, Volkswagen unveiled its production-ready e-Golf, a vehicle that will have its world premier alongside the VW e-Up! next month in Frankfurt, Germany.

The electric Golf is based on latest Golf platform, but its electric drivetrain seems to be fairly similar to early Golf blue-e-motion prototypes.

The production e-Golf still utilizes an 85 kW / 114 HP electric motor with 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque and a single speed transmission.

According to VW, the e-Golf will go 0-100 kph (62 mph) in a leisurely 10.4 seconds.

Maximum speed for this front-wheel drive, five-seat car is limited to 140 kph (87 mph).

The production e-Golf is equipped with 24.2 kWh li-ion battery pack that, together with the motor and gearbox, were developed and are made in-house by Volkswagen in Germany.

Range in NEDC should be about 190 km (less in real life of course – think 75 miles on the EPA). On average (in NEDC) e-Golf will consume 12.7 kWh per 100 km (62 miles).

For now, we know that e-Golf (like e-Up!) will have two driving modes (“Eco”, “Eco+”) and four “easy to activate” regenerative braking modes (“D1”, “D2”, “D3” and “B”).

Both new VW electric cars will have the option (probably not standard in base versions) to quick charge in about 30 minutes to 80% via DC CCS (aka combo plug). Charging times for the on-board charger haven’t been disclosed yet.

Volkswagen is saying that both models will be attractively equipped:

“Standard features: automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights and, in the e-Golf, the Volkswagen brand’s first use of LED headlights.”

In summary, it seems that Volkswagen made the e-Golf to be close to Nissan LEAF in terms of range, battery pack size, speed and acceleration.  Yes, VW seems to be behind the times here.  Oh well, at least VW is getting on board now.

Pricing information has not yet been released.

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I expect it will be overpriced and sell poorly like Ford Focus EV.
VW doesn’t exactly have its coal black heart in it. Same as Ford.

All that VW is going for is hoping that those loyal to their brand will cough up (excluding reductions) €26000 for an e-Up! and under €40000 for an e-Golf. You’re right in how it’s not in VWs heart at all to do this. They’re no different than the 500e where it’s just a glider with someone else’s drivetrain installed. Speaking of which the e-Golf and/or e-Up! will end up in the US as compliance cars, that’s all they’re here for.
If the electric VWs get any sort of demand (unlikely), it will get VW upset as the cost of production rises instead of fully manufacturing electric cars that will become cheaper to produce as production rises.
And who knows what will happen if VW can’t get any selling or despises to sell any more like Toyota? VW might lobby or sue against the EPA/CARB, or more probably, lobbying against Germany and we know how influential VW is to Germany when it comes to laws (e.g 95g/km average by 2020) and how Germany is to the EU.

“…close to Nissan LEAF in terms of range, battery pack size, speed and acceleration..behind the times…” People keep talking like EV (battery) technology is advancing quickly. I have yet to see this. Manufactures are trying small aerodynamic changes (e.g. Tesla considering removing side mirrors) to get just a tiny improvement. Battery size, then weight, seem to have the biggest impacts on inherent performance between models. The 2014 Leaf’s real-world specs aren’t much better than the 2011, so why believe VW is behind in anything other than getting to market?

Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Introduced 2009 (Japan). 0-60 — around 13 seconds.
Chevy Spark EV: Introduced 2013 (US). 0-60 — around 7.6 seconds.

I’m going to guarantee the Spark EV will be less than the Golf EV. VW is behind the curve, which is disappointing from a company that “wants to be the global leader in electric vehicles”.

I suspect that the acceleration difference between an i-Miev and a Spark has more to do with 47 kW (63 hp) vs. 97 kW (130 hp) motors than any technology advances.

technology advances are not the issue here, but what they put into the car and how much they charge for it.

David, I appreciate that such items are being refined, but you are replying to a thread which I started regarding “range, battery pack size, speed and acceleration” being “behind the times” in the VW.

And on that point I completely agree with you 😉

It’s hard to see advances because a lot of it is invisible
– you can’t see cheaper: pricing is secretive and ZEV mandates and subsidies mess with the market so you can’t see the effect of real battery price.
– you can’t see durability: cost per mile is the significant measure of cost and higher durability helps lower that cost, as well as helping lower anticipated warranty costs

PS 3% improvement by replacing mirrors with camera, so not insignificant. Smaller surface area to heat, easier addition of driver aids.

I would like to like these new cars…

Why the Germans are so shy about putting a decent battery in them puzzles me and is a deal killer.

Where are they selling them ? How many they plan to make ?

eGolf has much better appearance than Leaf. If it has “paddle shifter” adjustable regen, I would pay $3,000 over an equivalently equipped Leaf.

The e-UP should be about $30k, and the e-Golf at $35k. Both VW and Ford products are more up market than products from Nissan or Toyota.

Which is why the Camry average transaction price is over $2,500 less than the more premium Fusion. Accord has a higher transaction price than Camry, but Altima is the lowest of them all. Only VW Passat demands a higher transaction price than Ford Fusion, but at less than 1/4 the volume.

So it’s expected that the e-Golf would be priced more up market, in line with the more premium Focus Electric. Which means it’s now time for a Fiesta Electric.

But we may not see that until the next gen Focus and Fiesta in MY2016 and 17.

Lets see, the Focus Electric will be going on sale in Germany soon. Will be expensive though with a price of about 39,000 Euros. Ford doesn’t expect to sell many there.
Specs include:
107 kW motor (143 HP)
184 lb-ft Torque
23 kWh battery
76 mile range, 3 more miles than leaf with 1 kWh less. I don’t know about rated range from Europe guidelines.

Oh and 5 star crash test rating. Apparently it was the safest electric car tested until the Model S probably beat it, they both still got the same 5 star rating.

Interesting, I saw one of these charging at the Dulles Airport with California tags on it. It’s parked right next to my Volt in Garage 2.

I did a double take when I saw it, as I didn’t know they existed, but then I figure I had just missed here about it. Look like a standard Golf in every way I could remember, except the charging port where the gas fill location normally was.