2015 Volkswagen e-Golf in Minnesota
Volkswagen will finally be entering the fully-electric car market in the 2015 model year with the all new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf in Minnesota. Volkswagen hasn’t released all of the details yet, but they did say that it would be priced at $36,265 and that it should hit the market by November in select Volkswagen dealerships across the country. Unfortunately, this fully electric version of the Golf will only be available on the top trim level. So if you want to drive a fully-electric Volkswagen car you will have to spend a little more money in order to get it.
The Volkswagen e-Golf will come equipped with a 24.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that powers a 115-horsepower, 199 lb.-ft. electric motor, which in turn powers the front wheels of the vehicle.
Volkswagen is entering the fully-electric car game a little late and already has a lot of stiff competition from other automakers like Nissan and Ford who have been producing electric cars for years already. However, Volkswagen has done some things with the e-Golf that should separate them from the rest of the pack and may help them to steal away some market share from its competitors.
One of the things that Volkswagen did to set itself apart from its competitor is the styling of the e-Golf. Often times automakers will give their electric cars to much of a futuristic and space age design. Volkswagen did it right when they went with a style that fits in well with what is popular in mainstream cars today. This vehicle looks good and is stylish, but it doesn’t scream for attention. After all, it’s a car, so it should look like a car, not a spaceship.
Performance is another area where Volkswagen will stand out from the competition. It is expected to have a 0 to 60 time of just over 10 seconds. Meaning that the e-Golf’s 0 to 60 time is about a full second faster than the Nissan Leaf’s time. The top speed of the e-Golf is projected to be 87 miles per hour, which is about on par with the competition, if not slightly better.
Another way that the Volkswagen Golf separates itself from the competition is with its battery range. It will get about 75 to 85 miles off from a single charge which is similar to its competitors. However, Volkswagen employed a liquid cooling system to its battery pack this will help to keep the battery cool in the summer and warm in the winter. So you can expect a more consistent charge year-round in relation to the competition. For charge times Volkswagen will offer 240 volt charging as well as standard quick charging system. This is great news for consumers because most automakers make the quick charge available for an additional cost.
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