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Volkswagen's New Efficient 2015 e-Golf Makes Early Impact



As being reported by several automotive media outlets, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf has been officially rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), earning a 126 City / 105 Highway / 116 Combined MPGe (electric vehicle equivalent to MPG) rating. The agency also delivered an official range of 83 miles.

These numbers make the 2015 e-Golf the most efficient vehicle in its class, no small feat for a newcomer like the e-Golf. But there's more to it than just that; the 2015 e-Golf has the driving dynamics and future capabilities to become much more. Especially on the heels of news from VW Executive Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser saying he believes VW's with a range of 300 miles aren't too far away from being a reality thanks to advances in battery technology.

Perhaps the best thing about this news in relation to the 2015 e-Golf is a fact that Consumer Reports mentioned in their review of the new 100% EV:

"The new Golf platform was designed from the outset to fit practically any power source VW engineers could come up with, including gas, electric, diesel, and hybrid. That pays big dividends compared with many other converted electric cars we've driven: The eGolf's [sp] 700-pound, 24.2-kWh lithium ion battery pack fits flat under the floor, and doesn't impinge on cargo or passenger space."

But do the folks at Consumer Reports think it drives as well as a gas-powered Golf? Their headline and sub-header says it all:

"Volkswagen eGolf proves smooth, quiet, and quick
Battery-electric power propels one of the nicest Golf's we've driven"

Here are some of the specs for the new 2015 e-Golf:
  • 115hp / 194 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 7.2kW onboard charger
  • 3.5 hour charge on an appropriate 240-volt wall charger
  • Fast charging SAE Combo Connector enables 80 percent charge in 30 minutes


  


Inside, you'll find an blue-accent EV-styled Golf cabin layout that is as simple and easy to use as you could ask for. And it retains the presence VW Golf fans enjoyed without taking away from its elegant hatchback nature.

Select dealerships will see the 2015 e-Golf in November, and according to Consumer Reports' Eric Evarts, will roll out nationwide in early 2015. 


Are you thinking about going electric? If so, where does the 2015 e-Golf rank on your list of consideration?

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