Can the all-electric Golf demonstrate that battery-powered cars are capable of more than ten-mile trips for city types? Our long-distance commuter Jimi is about to find out You might get the impression from the media that electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage in the car industry. Just about every major manufacturer seems to be either making one or getting one ready. The reality however is that fewer than 1000 EVs were sold in the UK in April, from a total of 168,000 registrations in that month. There isn’t much to dislike about the ‘normal’ Volkswagen Golf. The expectations placed on the all-electric e-Golf are therefore perhaps slightly higher than might be the case for other volty versions of family hatchbacks. Read more: Here’s how much a speeding fine will really cost you We’ll be testing those expectations over the next few months in our newly-arrived e-Golf, VW’s second electric vehicle following on from the … [Read more...] about Living with the Volkswagen e-Golf
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It is fair to say that the regular Volkswagen Golf is one of the best all-round buys – competitively priced when new and holding its value well. Does ditching an internal combustion engine make it a better day-to-day bet than a bespoke electric car? Our car: Volkswagen e-Golf List price when new: £32,730 (excluding PICG grant) Price as tested: £35,490 (excluding PICG grant) Official fuel economy: n/a Read more long-term tests May 24th, 2018 If buyers are going to adopt electric cars, some familiarity will be helpful. There’s almost nothing more familiar on the road than a Volkswagen Golf, so the e-Golf variant is the perfect vehicle in which to experience battery-powered daily driving. I’ve been driving electric cars for years, but almost all my previous experiences have involved single test drives, after which I’ve been able to walk away, leaving someone else to worry about charging. Living in a terraced south London … [Read more...] about Volkswagen e-Golf – long-term test: is the family hatchback still one of the best when it’s electrified?
When the BMW i3 first hit the scene back in 2014, it was the hottest new EV on the market. It was far more premium than the Nissan Leaf, significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model S and funkier looking than both. So it was a pretty big deal back in the day…which was just four years ago. Now, though, there a few new competitors and they’re all pretty impressive. So does the i3 still stack up just four years later? In this new comparison test from Auto Express, we take a look at how the BMW i3 compares to the new Nissan Lead, the Volkswagen e-Golf and the cutely named Renault ZOE. Now, this is not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, as these are all pretty different cars. However, it’s a good example of how well the i3 compares to more modern competitors and how well its aged. Auto Express placed the Renault ZOE in fourth place. It’s by far the smallest of the four, being an electric super-mini. So it lacks any sort of cargo space but it is very easy to … [Read more...] about BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf vs Nissan Leaf vs Renault ZOE
A U.K. review of several popular electric cars, what carmakers really want to happen to fuel-economy rules, a new Jeep with old-fashioned gas mileage, vampires and phantoms in the Tesla Model 3, and range anxiety for gasoline-car drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, as we do every seven days, we ran down last week's most important green-car stories. If you think range anxiety is a challenge for electric-car drivers, rest assured it was just as bad for gasoline drivers 100 years ago, before modern gas stations emerged. A British magazine reviewed three older electric cars—including the Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3—against the new 2018 Nissan Leaf to see which they felt was best. Environmental groups may tell you automakers want to kill fuel-economy rules entirely; that's not really true—and now they're getting nervous about what their lobbying may deliver for them. The last Jeep Cherokee compact crossover we drove was in 2014; now we've … [Read more...] about 2018 Leaf vs e-Golf, BMW i3; Model 3 ills; what carmakers want; gas range anxiety: Today’s Car News
VW’s Versatile Hatchback Ups Its Electric Capabilities Fun to drive and quiet–and I will buy dinner if you can find a tailpipe. Yeah, I know there are no tailpipes on an all-electric car, but sometimes stating the obvious is necessary to drive home a point. All Golf; all electric The point is that the Volkswagen Golf line-up is well-known as fun-to-drive small hatchbacks that get excellent fuel economy. The Golf even comes in Hot Hatch GTi and R versions that take the driving experience up a few notches. So with all their worldwide success with the extremely popular Golf platform, why would VW offer an electric Golf? Drive a 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf and the reason becomes clear real, real fast. e-Golf Technology The e-Golf has become a favorite at Clean Fleet Report. Introduced in 2014 and unchanged through 2016, the 83-mile driving range was right in line with EV competitors at that time selling in the mid-$30,000 price range. In 2017, the e-Golf has upped the driving … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2017 Vollkswagen e-Golf
More Range Plus the VW Experience In the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, VW is emphasizing its electric car goals, but so far, its only all-electric car is the e-Golf. I enjoyed a week with a handsome White Silver example. The Volkswagen Golf is a car buff magazine perennial favorite, especially the GTI model, because it’s compact, but not too small, extremely practical, drives with enthusiasm and handles precisely. In addition, the interior feels like a driver’s car and not simply a motoring appliance. The electric member of the Golf family The beauty of the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is that it doesn’t lose any of its Golf virtues in the transition to an EV. Its 700-pound battery lives along the bottom of the car, giving it a low center of gravity without intruding a bit into the passenger or cargo room. At 3,455 pounds, the e-Golf weighs only 432 pounds more than a four-door Golf automatic, thanks to some careful engineering and use of high-strength steel. No … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
The Best Value EV available today? In 2018 the battery electric vehicle (BEV) revolution is firmly in place, with BEVs here to stay. There is now a myriad of BEVs for the buyer to choose from, but now the question is—Which one is the best value today? BEVs primarily fall into three categories: Outstanding in its field Short-range or “1st Generation” BEVs that have a range under 110 miles, Mid-range BEVs that have official ranges of 125 to 200 miles, and Long-range BEVs that have published mileage ranges more than 200 miles. Pricing for short and mid-range BEVs start under $35K, and long-range cars start between $40K and $65K. Add to this all BEVs are not sold nationally; with some only sold in the 16 states that have adopted California’s more stringent emission standards. But if you live in one of these 16 states and are in the market for a best-in-class BEV, may I suggest that you consider the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf. A Golf Is a Golf We’ve just spent … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf
Tweet TweetThe Volkswagen Group German based automaker has learned that the key to success for its future e-models is to adapt imaginative and lucrative strategies. This is why the carmaker has decided to launch the first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf model in an online auction in the United States, before the car will start retail sales next month. The announcement was made by representatives from the company, with the proceeds to be sent to the Global Green USA, one of the most important national environmental non-profit organizations in the US. Michael Horn, the President of the VW Group of America, stated that the auction will be opened for the public “to support an important cause and to be the first proud new owner of the brand`s first electric vehicle in the US.” The auction will start on October 29th, at 3:30 pm, ET on charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, with the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf to have a suggested retail price of $35,445, without the $820 destination charge. To be a … [Read more...] about First 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Auctioned Online in US
Tweet TweetVolkswagen introduces today two new frugal models, namely the e-Gold and e-up!, namely the electric versions of the standard models. To begin with, the e-Golf is based on the newest generation and comes with an electric motor offering 115hp and 270Nm of torque, making the 0-100 km/h sprint possible in 10,4 seconds with a top speed of 130 km/h. Even though we talk about a fully electric model, there are no reason to worry as Volkswagen promises a driving range of 190 kilometers with a charging time of 30 minutes (to 80%) with a CCS charging station. The little brother of the e-Golf, the e-up! comes with a less powerful 82-horsepower electric motor offering a 0-100 km/h sprint in 12,4 seconds and a top speed of 130 km/h. The driving range is almost similar at 160 kilometers thanks to an 18.7 kWh battery. “Given an electricity price of €0.258 per kWh (Germany, as of 31st July 2013), driving 100 km with the e-up! costs just €3.02, and with the e-Golf it is … [Read more...] about Volksagen presents the new e-Golf and e-up!
Tweet TweetAmong various versions of the new-generation Golf is, of course, an electric model. The e-Golf is finally being introduced in Germany with prices starting at €34,900. The new model packs an electric motor with 115 horses and 270 Nm of torque for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 10,4 seconds. However, the most important figures for a zero-emission model are the driving range numbers. VW estimates that you can run at least 130 kilometers before you have to charge the battery pack. At the exterior, you will get LED daytime running lights, revised front optical blocks, heated windscreen and low rolling resistance tires with special alloy wheels. Inside, buyers get the Discover Pro radio system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control and premium materials. If you are concerned about the reliability of the Volkswagen e-Golf, you have to know that the Germans offer an eight-year guarantee for the battery pack. … [Read more...] about Volkswagen e-Golf priced from €34,900 in Germany