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Das electric! VW's e-Golf goes on sale in Germany


February 20, 2014

Volkswagen reports a range of 190 km (118 mi) on a single charge (depending on driving styles) with a top limited speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)

Volkswagen reports a range of 190 km (118 mi) on a single charge (depending on driving styles) with a top limited speed of 140 km/h (87 mph)

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The most successful selling car in Europe has gone electric. Now available in Germany, Volkswagen’s all electric e-Golf, which premiered at the Frankfurt International Auto Show last September, joins the e-up! and eco-up! in the German manufacturer's all-electric line-up.

The e-Golf, looking near identical to the petrol powered model, is reported to achieve economy of 12.7 kWh/100 km (62 mi) at a cost of only €3.28/100 km (US $4.50/62 mi).

Powered by an 85 kW (114 hp) electric motor paired with a 24.2 kWh lithium ion battery, the e-Golf boasts torque figures of 270 Nm (200 lb.ft) and makes the run from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a not so quick 10.4 seconds.

The front wheel drive e-Golf provides a choice of three driving modes and has four levels of regenerative braking. Volkswagen reports a range of 190 km (118 mi) on a single charge (depending on driving styles) with a limited top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).

Volkswagen’s e-Golf is on sale now in Germany with prices starting at €34,900 (US $47,872)

Source: Volkswagen

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Yes, electric cars are coming. EVery year will see more of them and advances in range and practicality will now be often and sometimes amazing.

Luddites, get aboard or get off the platform. This train is living the station.

James Smith

I'd buy a pure electric car right now BUT they've got to go further on a charge. Range anxiety. And I'm not even ready to shell out nearly $48,000 U.S. for a VW Golf. Give me 200 miles on a charge and for under $30,000 and you'll see me at the dealer.


Another product that exists solely as a result of a government subsidy.


Getting better as technology catches up with the idea - But not there yet! The extra weight slows them down and the short range is the main anti-sales point. Wasn't it Mercedes recently talking about battery storage using body parts? Get up to 60-70 per cent storage and weight reduction by replacing roof, bonnet and trunk for starters and we might get somewhere.

The Skud

Well its progress - how does it compeare to the TWIN UP. I guess you cannot compare it to the XL1 - but as tchnologies become more accepted we hopeflly will see rapid progress.


@ slowburn. not to mention the tax breaks for oil companies or the costs for society of cleaning pollution as a result of all spills.Laughed a lot about the news a CEO of an oil company filed complaint about a fracking facility in his back-yard, was sad about the oil spill in the Mississippi (not to mention coal ash & Virginia chemicals spill). But maybe you agree with the GOP member who stated that 600 co2 parts/million would be favorable for mankind. In whatever way we have to get more in the direction of a sustainable energy. Big Oil is not going to stimulate that, so the government has to do it. @ The skud, I think that was Volvo.

Ramon Verhoeven

@ Ramon Verhoeven The oil industry would exist without the government subsidies you would just pay more for everything to pay for the taxes on the fuel consumed.

I think the Green lobby figured out that claiming responsibility for the disasters they cause is counterproductive.

There certainly is no reason to believe a gas that has always followed global temperature is now causing Global Warming. The AGW frauds are always telling about the negative affects of increasing global temperatures but never mention the positive effects. I think that a warmer world would result in a net good but this does not mean that nobody will suffer it just means that more good will result than bad.

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