When the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf arrives in "select states" in the US, it will be the only model sold here that could also be purchased with a diesel or standard ICE powertrain. It will also be the most efficient compact EV. That's according to new numbers out today from the EPA, which rate the new e-Golf with a 116 mile per gallon equivalent number (combined). That's just enough to beat out the best-selling Nissan Leaf, which has 114 MPGe.
The e-Golf has official EPA ratings of 126 MPGe (city) and 105 (hwy).
The electric Golf's official range limit is 83 miles (the Leaf is rated at 84 miles), but VW is saying that somewhere between 70 and 90 miles should be expected, depending on driving style. The e-Golf also has official EPA ratings of 126 MPGe in the city and 105 on the highway. The EPA measures MPGe using a formula that says that 33.7 kW/hour is equal to the energy in one gallon of gasoline energy.
The e-Golf comes with standard SAE Combo fast charging that can fill up an empty battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes, if you can find a plug. A Level 2, J1772 connector will take less than four hours, thanks to a 7.2-kW onboard charger while your standard 110 outlet will need 20 hours to fill up the 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The e-Golf will only be available in one trim line, the SEL Premium, for $35,445.
For the record, current models of the Chevy Spark EV, Fiat 500E, Honda Fit EV and the BMW i3 have higher MPGe ratings than the e-Golf (119, 116, 118 and 124, respectively), but they're in different classes. Of course, there's a case to be made that all of these numbers aren't exactly helping the EV cause, so perhaps it's better to forget that last sentence.
Oct 23, 2014
The fully electric, zero tailpipe emissions e-Golf gets top marks from the Environmental Protection Agency
- 116 combined MPGe puts e-Golf at head of compact electric vehicle (EV) class
- MPGe announcement reinforces e-Golf position as a fun-to-drive, no-compromise plug-in vehicle
- Fully equipped e-Golf starts at $35,445
- Standard fast charging capability can allow 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes
The 2015 e-Golf is Volkswagen's first fully electric vehicle for the U.S. market. Although Volkswagen has sold more than 30 million Golf models worldwide, this is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car. It is also part of Volkswagen's Think Blue® holistic approach to sustainability and efficiency.
The e-Golf brings all the benefits of an electric vehicle to the Golf "fun-to-drive yet practical" formula, forever ending the idea that compact EVs must be bland and focused only on efficiency. The e-Golf adds a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery (built in-house at Volkswagen's Braunschweig, Germany facility) to the Golf's sporty Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. With this modern drivetrain the e-Golf offers zero tailpipe emissions and zero trips to the pump. Depending on driving style, charging behavior, and other factors, the EPA estimated range for the e-Golf is up to 83 miles.
The e-Golf has a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment, enabling the EV's battery to be recharged in any of three ways. With the installation of the optional 240-volt wallbox, charging the battery can take less than four hours. The e-Golf also offers a charging cable that can plug into any standard 110/120-volt electrical socket and charge the battery in roughly 20 hours. In addition, the e-Golf comes equipped with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows the car to use the SAE standard DC fast charging infrastructure (at select stations), bringing the battery's state of charge to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. Any of these options help provide categorically lower ownership costs than fueling a traditional internal combustion engine.
The e-Golf will go on sale at participating dealerships in select states in November, starting at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and handling). The SEL Premium model features an extensive list of standard equipment, including a 7.2kW onboard charger, touchscreen navigation system, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and LED headlights.
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Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 649 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
*2015 Golf EPA estimates: 126 city/105 highway MPGe. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the e-Golf equivalent to 126 MPG measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 105 MPG in highway driving. Actual mileage will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. Frequent and consecutive high-voltage charging (including DC charging) can permanently decrease the capacity of the high-voltage battery.
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The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will be available only at participating dealers in select states.
Where stated, vehicle range values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition.