U.S. Sales Planned for the Fourth Quarter of 2014
Volkswagen of America is promoting its battery electric e-Golf, which is to go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2014, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this week. Single-fill range is stated at 70 to 90 miles, and DC fast-charge capability will be standard.
“Although Volkswagen has sold more than 30 million Golf models worldwide, this is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car that will be sold to the public,” the company says.
“The e-Golf is part of a structured powertrain strategy that will lead to the timely introduction of new and alternative drive systems,” VW adds. “Volkswagen has stated that it aims to be the world leader in e-mobility among automakers by 2018.”
Three Driving and Three Regen Modes
The e-Golf has a 155-horsepower motor powered by a 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack. The car can reach 25 mph from rest in 4.2 seconds, and 62 mph in approximately 10.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 87 mph.
The car features three driving and three regenerative braking modes to maximize both performance and energy savings.
A 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger is standard, as are aluminum wheels and LED headlights – “the first time they have been used as standard on a Volkswagen vehicle.”
The all-battery VW will come with a Roadside Assistance Plan “designed to take the anxiety out of ‘range anxiety.’”
Volkswagen will cover transporting a car for charging and says it “will even pay for the customer to take a taxi home or to work” – up to 100 miles. The plan covers “unlimited events,” Volkswagen says.
The Los Angeles International Auto Show runs through December1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
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Source: Volkswagen release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up