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Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

  • Volkswagen e-Golf coming to Frankfurt show
  • Fully electric Golf can reach 118 miles on a single charge
  • Expected to go on sale in the U.S. sometime next year

An all-electric Volkswagen Golf is coming. Volkswagen announced details about its upcoming e-Golf, which mates the popular Golf hatchback body style with a fully electric drivetrain.

While Volkswagen plans to reveal the e-Golf at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the brand showed e-Golf photos and revealed information about the model ahead of the show, including the hatchback’s engine specs, performance numbers and even range.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the e-Golf won’t use a range-extending gasoline engine. Its sole power comes from a 24.2-kWh battery that makes around 115 horsepower and a muscular 200 lb-ft of torque. That means it has 55 hp less than the gas-powered Golf, which uses a 170-hp 5-cylinder engine. The e-Golf reaches 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in 10.2 seconds.

More important than the power figures, however, is the e-Golf’s range and charge times. While VW didn’t announce charge times, the brand did say the e-Golf can reach 118 miles on a single charge. If verified, that number would place the e-Golf well above the Nissan Leaf‘s 73-mile range.

Beyond the electric motor, the e-Golf also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. One is a system that lets drivers choose between two driving modes, Eco and Eco +, and four regenerative braking modes. That means drivers can select just how efficient the e-Golf is when they’re behind the wheel.

While pricing is not yet known, the e-Golf may be more expensive than its rivals. The reason is that VW has loaded it with luxurious features such as automatic climate control, LED headlights and a navigation system. Of course, the e-Golf’s powertrain technology also means it will be far pricier than a standard Golf.

We aren’t sure when the e-Golf will be released, though we’d expect sometime next year. In the meantime, stay tuned to our Frankfurt Auto Show coverage for more information about the e-Golf and other Volkswagen debuts.

What it means to you: The Volkswagen e-Golf marks another competitor in the growing world of the electric vehicle.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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