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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Report, First U.S. Details

The 2015 Volkswagen is the German maker’s first electric car to be offered for sale in the

On sale late this it adds a plug-in electric option to the all-new seventh of the classic Golf five-door now celebrating its 40th birthday.

e-Golf (European model) drive, Berlin, March

While the new Golf has been on in Europe since late it will arrive in the U.S. this summer. Pilot of cars for North America earlier this year at the facility in Puebla, Mexico.

the gasoline and diesel models of the VW Golf to be sold in North however, all electric Golfs in the States will be assembled in home factory in Wolfsburg,

Last week, we spent two hours driving a European-spec e-Golf for more than 20 (33 km) around Berlin, part of the Group’s first major event at the former Tempelhof

The bulk of our driving was in dense traffic and less crowded neighborhoods broken up by frequent lights. There was one short of highway, but generally speeds at or below 40 mph.

Overall, our impressions are favorable.

The Volkswagen Golf is exactly VW intended it to be: the first production in the Golf line to use a battery-electric but otherwise every bit a Golf.


e-Golf (European model) drive, Berlin, March

‘Golf first’

No unusual styling here; you have to closely even to see that different from any new other VW Golf. Aside from badges, LED lights, and a few trim there are no hints to the battery-electric that lurks under the

And that’s by design.

Volkswagen’s new MQB of platform components was designed the start to accommodate drivetrains include gasoline, diesel, gas, electric power, and a plug-in hybrid—including fuel and battery locations.

The electric motor, with a peak of 85 kilowatts (114 horsepower), under the hood and powers the wheels. Power electronics are located there, and the charging is on the right rear fender under the standard fuel door.

The e-Golf’s 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion pack sits under the seats and between the rear with small wings the two front seats. The total weight is 700 pounds (318

It is air-cooled, like that of the Leaf, rather than liquid cooling as do packs Ford, General Motors, and others. (There was some over this in the press we confirmed it with the German engineers.)

And VW says there is no in luggage volume between the Golf and a gasoline or diesel

Volkswagen e-Golf (European test drive, Berlin, 2014

Quietest, calmest

On the road, the e-Golf is essentially a Volkswagen Golf with the powertrain of the several offered in the

The company stressed that its was to provide a car that was a Golf and zero-emission second, and that’s what it has done.

Other goals included for families and sporty handling, and VW has achieved them.

The seventh-generation has grown in size, interior and equipment level, and 40 years the model was first launched, matured: It’s a quiet, compact hatchback that’s a bit of the cheeky, rollerskate appeal of the generation.

Volkswagen e-Golf model) test drive, March 2014

That now falls to the Volkswagen Up minicar, also has an electric version we drove and will review on. (The VW e-Up, however, not be sold in the States.)

The e-Golf’s is firm, and like most cars, its weight is carried low so it don’t roll all that in corners.

Acceleration is good off the although not lightning-fast by design. times from 0 to 36 mph (60 km/h) is 4.2 with a 0-to-62 mph (100 time of 10.4 seconds.

are hardly Tesla times, but likely beat many of the Golf variants on sale in to mention providing a travel that’s far quieter and significantly per mile (or kilometer)—and they be acceptable in faster U.S.

Top speed is limited to roughly 90 mph km/h).

Volkswagen e-Golf model) test drive, March 2014

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Variable drive mode settings

braking can be increased by three from the standard D setting behaves like a conventional transmission (minus idle we noted) up through D1, D2, and D3—which the B setting on the lever for maximum braking.

We found the settings graduated and easy to use, we’d have preferred paddles to pulling the lever to increase the regen.

Still, we in the different settings and found the B setting would almost one-pedal driving—if not as much so as in the BMW i3.

are also three driving Standard, Eco, and Eco+. The Eco limits top speed, reduces the output, reprofiles the acceleration, and cuts maximum power the motor (from 85 to 70 kW).

The setting is more drastic: It off heat and air-conditioning, running a fan enough to keep the windshield and cuts motor output to 55 kW. Top speed is limited to about 55 mph (90 and accelerator response is flat and

Impressively, we heard no motor or electronics whine at all from the during our drive, an absence found in only a handful of the 16 cars offered for sale year in the U.S.

Our e-Golf’s consumption rate was shown by the computer as 14 kWh—slightly more the average consumption rate of kWh per 100 km.

Volkswagen e-Golf (European test drive, Berlin, 2014

We think the Golf electric car second formula find some success in the although as always, volumes on both the manufacturer’s intentions and its to work with dealers and them to take on an addition to the many will perceive as foreign, and confusing.

VW’s representatives said the company to create an electric-car ownership second to none.

They that the company will a suite of services—possibly including cars for longer trips, assistance, carbon offsets for used to recharge the e-Golf, and elements—that reflects best across all current plug-in

The electric Golf will go on this November or December in a number of launch markets plug-in electric cars already established themselves, California and several Northeast

Final specifications, sale and pricing, and other details be announced closer to the on-sale

Volkswagen provided airfare, and meals to enable High Media to bring you this drive report.

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