Detroit: The Future is Electric with the 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf

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The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf puts the power to the pavement with an electric motor that produces 114 horsepower and 199 lbs-feet of torque. It’s fed via a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery. This production version of the 2015 E-Golf was ushered in via a staged news broadcast. Despite the lack of character of the introduction skit, the 2014 Volkswagen E-Golf raised many eyebrows.

With a maximum speed of 87 mph and, according to Volkswagen, a 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62 mph) time of 10.4-seconds, the 2014 Volkswagen E-Golf’s driving performance is competitive in this bracket. What’s (potentially) astounding is the 118 miles of range Volkswagen is estimating the E-Golf is capable of. The competition (Nissan Leaf, Honda Fit EV, Ford Focus Electric, FIAT 500E and others) are known to have an average range of about 60 to 80-ish miles. Regular range for the Volkswagen E-Golf is supposed to be between 70 and 90 miles.


There are four regenerative braking settings that allow different types of driving characteristics. The most aggressive setting will provide the highest amount of power returning to the batteries. City traffic with the maximum setting should yield the greatest energy recovery.

Depending on driving style and charging behavior, the average range for the e-Golf is between 70 and 90 miles. When the car is not in use or in the event of a collision, power from the battery is automatically cut off.

A 220-volt wall-mounted charging box for a garage can completely charge a flat battery in less than four hours. A driver can use a 110/120-volt electrical socket, which will take about 20 hours to charge the batteries. DC fast charging can charge about 80 percent in around 30 minutes.

The 2015 Volkswagen E-Golf has a few blue accents and a few badges to distinguish it from other Golfs.

Check out the electric Volkswagen E-Golf at the 2014 NAIAS!