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The Volkswagen e-Golf is VW’s 1st EV sold in the United States. The all-electric version of the Golf hatchback is currently the only EV offered by the manufacturer. The vehicle is powered by a 115 hp 85 kW AC electric motor with 199 lb-ft of torque paired to a single-speed automatic transmission, which lets it respond instantly to pressure on the pedal, providing a top speed of 85 mph. The EPA has given it an 83 mile pure-electric range rating and a 126/105 mpg-e city/highway rating. Passengers have plenty of cargo space – 22.8 cubic feet. Lowering the split-folding rear seats provides 52.7 cubic feet.
The e-Golf electric 5-door/5 passenger hatchback has 3 driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco Plus. Its lithium-ion battery pack takes 4 hrs to recharge and provides an 85 mile range, which can slightly extend in the Eco Plus mode. The EV gets a top speed of 87mph and creates little to no sound, making the ride very quiet. VW has equipped each e-Golf with a ChargePoint card, which gives drivers access to 18,000 EV charging stations nationwide. Test drivers say the EV is well-engineered, easy to drive and provides plenty of leg room and cargo space.
e-Golf comes in two trims: SE and SEL Premium. The SE trim has 16-inch alloy wheels wearing low rolling resistance tires, keyless entry/start, LED lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, leather-wrapped shift knob, plus VW's MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 7.2-kilowatt charger.
The SEL Premium adds a DC fast-charging function (an option in the SE), plus leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, cruise control, ambient cabin lighting, illuminated scuff plates, 8-inch touchscreen, heat pump (for greater energy efficiency), and Park Distance Control. The SEL Premium trim is eligible for a Driver Assistance Package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, plus a parking assistant feature.
Volkswagen says this about their Infotainment/Technology: "Of course our electric vehicle is going to be programmed with some of the latest car technology. The available Volkswagen Car-Net® connected car suite brings you many ways to connect to your e-Golf. Take, for instance, VW Car-Net App-Connect, which can display select apps from your compatible smartphone onto your touchscreen. Once you plug your smartphone into the USB port, App-Connect lets you use your apps on the dash, using either Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, or MirrorLink®. Staying in touch has never been this easy."
An improved battery and upgraded motor (compared with last year's model) results in a one-second quicker sprint from standstill to 60 mph, which the car now performs in 9.6 seconds, and a higher top speed of 93 mph (up from 87 mph).
The Golf lineup received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, earning a Good score on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). In IIHS crash avoidance and mitigation tests, Golf models with the Driver Assistance package scored an Advanced rating after reducing a 12-mph impact by 10 mph. e-Golf's Driver Assistance package comes with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and park assist.
The pure-electric e-Golf is eligible for HOV stickers and qualifies for a $2500 State of California rebate plus a $7500 Federal Tax Credit.
There are currently 4 primary incentives available to the California consumer that substantially lower the cost of buying or leasing an EV. CURRENT provides all the guidance or assistance you may need to apply for these incentives.