Volkswagen has never been one to put all its eggs in one basket, be it brands, models, bodystyles or powertrain technologies. Germany's largest automaker is a major player in both gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines, but it has also dabbled in hybrid powertrains more recently, and it's cranking up its pure-electric campaign as we speak. A key part of that initiative is the new e-Golf that has just rolled out on VW's show stand here at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The e-Golf is powered by an 113-horsepower motor that generates 199 pound-feet of torque with juice supplied by its 24.2-kWh battery. VW board member Christian Klingler tells Autoblog that the hatchback is slated to come to select North American markets in early 2015, but declined to confirm whether the car will be available for purchase or a lease-only scheme.

Either way, when it arrives, the electric Golf should bring with it VW's first set of LED headlamps and blue-line trim through its headlamps and grille. More importantly, it will also whir into dealerships with a 0-62 mph time of 10.4 seconds, a top speed of 87 mph and a 118-mile range. It will also feature two different driving modes and no less than four regenerative braking modes. For more information, scroll down to view the official press release.
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IAA 2013 – Volkswagen electrifies high-volume production: World premieres of the e-Golf and e-up! as leading duo
The e-Golf. Das e-Auto.

190 km driving range and LED headlights as standard

The e-up! The world champion of efficiency.
11.7 kWh/100 km for €3 sets benchmark for efficiency

Wolfsburg, 27 August 2013 - In a dual world premiere, Volkswagen will be presenting two new and extremely efficient electric cars at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (10th to 22nd September): the e-up! and e-Golf. This means that Europe's most successful carmaker is transitioning two high-volume production models to the age of electric mobility. Both zero-emissions cars offer unlimited everyday practicality, each has four doors, and they are 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. The two newcomers are also leaders in energy efficiency: the e-up! consumes just 11.7 kWh of electricity per 100 km – this makes it the new world champion in efficiency. The e-Golf, positioned two classes higher, attains an excellent value of 12.7 kWh. Given an electricity price of €0.258 per kWh (Germany, as of 31st July 2013), driving 100 km with the e-up! costs just €3.02, and with the e-Golf it is around €3.30.

Made in Germany. Innovative drive technologies are core competencies at Volkswagen. Therefore, the e-motors, gearboxes and lithium-ion batteries of the e-up! and e-Golf are developed in-house, and they are manufactured in large Volkswagen component plants in Germany.

Typical Volkswagen. All Volkswagen are intuitive to operate, extremely practical in everyday use and sophisticated, and these traits have been fully transferred to the brand's new e-vehicles. The zero-emission cars from Volkswagen are manufactured with the same high-volume production systems as their counterparts with combustion engines.

e-Golf data. The e-Golf, which is being presented in a world premiere in Frankfurt, is driven by a 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor. The motor produces its maximum drive torque of 270 Nm as soon as it starts off. The results: the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds. On a motorway, the speed of the five-seat front-wheel drive car is electronically limited to 140 km/h.

e-up! data. Also making its debut in a world premiere at the IAA is the four-seat e-up!. Its electric motor produces 60 kW / 82 PS. This motor transmits 210 Nm of torque to the driven front axle from a standstill. It completes the sprint to 100 km/h in 12.4 seconds. Top speed: 130 km/h.

Driving ranges tailored for commuters. The e-up! can drive 160 km on one battery charge (18.7 kWh), while the e-Golf with its larger battery (24.2 kWh) has a range of 190 km. In both models, two very efficient driving modes ("Eco", "Eco+") and four just as easy to activate regenerative braking modes ("D1", "D2", "D3" and "B") help to extend maximum ranges. And they are driving ranges that make sense. In Germany, for example, studies by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development found that around 80 per cent of all car drivers in Germany drive fewer than 50 km daily.

Quick charging. The fastest CCS charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of an e-up! or an e-Golf to 80 per cent capacity to just around half an hour.

Powertrain and fuel strategy. Over the past decade, Volkswagen has already systematically sketched out a schedule for the future in its powertrain and fuel strategy, which included starting points for electric vehicles like the e-up! and e-Golf. This strategy sets up a timeline with realistic time windows for the introduction of alternative drive systems such as the hybrid, electric and hydrogen-based systems. In this scenario, the all-electric drive system – which will be demonstrated by the new e-up! and e-Golf – represents an indispensable and sensible supplemental drive system. That is because electric cars utilise renewable energy sources and enable zero-emissions mobility in metropolitan areas. Nonetheless, well into the future Volkswagen will continue to promote an intelligent mix of the most efficient drive systems.

Driving at the pace of the big city. The fact is that the target group for electric cars is growing, because a paradigm shift has begun. Sustainable mobility is having an increasing impact on people's actions. Yet the products for implementing this environmental awareness must be practical and fun as well - such as the e-up! and e-Golf which accelerate to big city pace in just a few seconds. The new zero-emission Volkswagen cars therefore have the potential for irreversibly charging up the electric car segment with innovative technology, a high level of everyday practicality and a dynamic driving feeling.


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      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      so 98 MPG US from 118 MPG NEDC cycle, could be less as the EPA is more harder.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to your own write-up and the VW press release here: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/10/vw-e-up-and-e-golf-revealed-frankfurt/ The E-Golf is scheduled for North American release in either late 2014 or early 2015. The confusion ABG managed to generate there is by claiming that that also applies to the E-Up, which it doesn't. So, at least we have changed the confusion.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      By looking like a normal car, it wins on styling alone right out of the gate. The Leaf looks like a doofus.
        Rob Mahrt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        I guess so, but not with less range and a much higher price
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob Mahrt
          Where are you getting the less range from? They are virtually identical on the NEDC. And you simply seem to be inventing pricing information.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        It has the same interior accomodation and load space as the standard Golf Model 7 ie a bit more than the Golf 6 currently on sale in the US and quite a bit more than the Leaf.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. On sale here in another year and a half.....maybe. And it's probably got a huge battery pack intrusion into the trunk. Until somebody builds a real dedicated platform to compete against the Leaf, you can't beat it's packaging. 24 cu ft trunk on the Leaf vs 15 on the current Golf gasoline version. Interior volume difference of 1 cu ft. Leaf already is better, and in another year and a half it will probably be updated again anyways. VW mailing it in.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        This page has a picture of the cargo area(flat, not humped like the ford focus electric): http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1073454_volkswagen-plugs-in-starts-egolf-test-fleet-in-california
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I just googled images of the regular Golf's trunk and it didn't look any different from the E-Golf's trunk.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I did just glance at the two quickly. If there are differences then VW did a good job of faking me out.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Thanks Paul. As you note, there is no battery intrusion. However, this is a prototype using the Golf 6. The production versions are based on the new Golf 7, which is bigger, being around 2.2" longer.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          paulwesterberg: That has significant intrusion. The load floor is raised quite a bit.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          @Rotation
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Grendal: Take a better look, this one (the prototype) is different. The one DaveMart points to below appears to be no different from production. Note how the frame around the floor deck is visible on the lower floor, how the sides come together a bit near the floor, and that the floor has a handle to open it instead of a loop tacked on. The other pic above, has a platform above this, hence no narrowing at the bottom.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        I supplied the information you seem to be lacking downthread. There is no battery intrusion compared to the ICE version.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a leaf driver I welcome the competition and look forward towards seeing its price and actual range verified by the EPA. And wow, that interior with its radial gauges and gear shifter looks like the dash from a 1985 golf. Tesla doesn't have to worry about this competing with its BlueStar model.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somebody at VW is eating crow after how critical they have been of hybrids and electric cars.
      Joe Acerbic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations to VW for not making it "look electric" meaning hideously misshapen for no good reason like Nissan and BMW do.
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe Acerbic
        it still looks like the lame golf that lame teenagers stereotypically ruined its image
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here it is . . . four years later and pretty much the same specs as the Leaf. Meh. Well, at least it has an adjustable braking system, that is a nice feature.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        They must have altered the cabin on the Leaf considerably since I saw it.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Nope. It still looks cheap, IMHO. This Golf one looks decidedly better in the center console but otherwise is comparable.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where do the batteries go? Did they take room out of the trunk? Stuff them under the hood? I don't see why a gigantic company like VW can't invest the money to create a proper platform for an electric car.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The VW group have created 4 new platforms which are specifically made to accommodate a variety of drive trains. This one is their MQB platform, designed for transverse engines. There is no intrusion into accommodation or load space, which remains the same as in any other Golf 7, ie a bit more roomy than on the Golf 6 currently on American roads. They have invested several billions in their new platforms.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          ' But the highlight of the e-Golf is not is not its extended zero emission driving range, but that it is an EV that combines all the practicalities, driving performance and ride comfort offered by a standard Golf. This means it still sits five adults comfortably, with a 380-litre boot in the back. A key advantage of adopting the modular MQB platform in the seventh generation 2013 Volkswagen Golf is that the platform allows engineers with greater flexibility to provide a wide range of drivetrain options. Volkswagen says right from the beginning, the Golf has been designed to accommodate an electric drivetrain, thus the addition of a 24.2 kWh traction battery under the rear seats does not result in any compromises in boot capacity or cabin space. Inside, the e-Golf looks very similar to any other petrol or diesel powered Golf. ' http://www.livelifedrive.com/malaysia/news/view/4739/frankfurt-live-volkswagen-e-golf-premieres-in-frankfurt Cut away picture included. Here is the interior of the Golf 7 for reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsmLxLl1LMQ
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          That trunk looks great, it appears to be identical to the regular car, and the rear seats/footwells don't appear to have change either. If that's what the final one is like, then VW will have done the best space management job with an EV variant (instead of standalone) of any company out there. Thanks for the pics. You'll have to understand I don't take companies' marketing as gospel, I prefer to see what's up for myself.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish they would release the e-Up! in the USA. There is probably a market for it here. Then again, it probably won't stand up to the Spark EV in specs or pricing so they might as well not bother, eh?
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        The Spark is a compliance car. You can't read anything into proper pricing from the cheap leases GM are using to hit compliance targets. The E-Up is selling in Europe for around $27,600 Ex VAT and with no subsidy including batteries. That is pretty competitive.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          It is not even a fact. GM has said the Spark EV will be made available in South Korea and Canada soon.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          The Spark EV is available for sale. The e-Golf won't exist for another year. So you can't really denigrate a car as a 'compliance car' with a car that isn't available at all! Perhaps by the time e-Golf ships, the Spark EV will become available in more markets.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          BTW, the Up on which the E-Up is based is a beautiful little car. The car on which the Spark is based isn't.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          The Spark is not a compliance car -- it's an economy car. The Golf is an expensive small car. In order to justify a Spark, most people would cite its price. In order to justify a Golf, most people would overlook its price. It would not be surprising to see their respective 'E' versions follow this pattern.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          This car is "slated to come to select North American markets in early 2015". That makes it a compliance car also.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          @Rotation: Initial roll out is in the biggest US markets, but VW have made it very clear that their BEV and PHEVs will be on general US release: 'The e-up!, a small all-electric commuter car, will not be sold in the United States, according to Dr. Krebs. An all-electric version of the VW Golf will go into production in early 2014—and will be sold in 2014 in the United States. The e-Golf and other future plug-in models will be sold in multiple U.S. markets, not just California.' http://www.plugincars.com/vw-ev-chief-we-want-lead-electrification-125999.html#comment-25446
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've just seen why people commentating here think the E-Golf is very slow. ABG above give the 0-60 as 12.4 seconds. Its not. In the PR: 'The results: the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds. ' The 12.4 seconds is for the E-Up.
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        same for the smart ED it does 0-40 in 5 seconds i've tested it multiple times
      wric01
      • 1 Year Ago
      Without details on batteries and no warranty info, product is untested and unproven.
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