Frankfurt LIVE: Volkswagen e-Golf
The all-electric e-Golf has a maximum driving range of 118 miles.
Volkswagen's all-electric e-Golf has made its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-Golf will compete in the growing battery-powered vehicle segment, which includes entrants like the Nissan Leaf.
The e-Golf is exclusively available as a five-door hatchback. Save for a model-specific front bumper with C-shaped air intakes, blue trim on the grille and extra emblems all around, the battery-powered Golf looks the same as its gasoline-burning counterpart, enabling it to keep a low profile.
An electric motor mounted in the engine bay sends 115 horsepower and 200 lb-ft. of torque to the front wheels, propelling the Golf from zero to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 86 mph. The motor and the lithium-ion battery pack were developed in-house by Volkswagen and are both assembled in Germany.
The driver is able to select between two driving modes called Eco and Eco +, respectively, and four regenerative braking modes that help extend the car's driving range.
Precise pricing information is not available but Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn previously hinted the EV will retail for at least €40,000 in Europe (about $53,000), more than a Nissan Leaf and a Renault Zoe combined. The list of standard equipment includes automatic climate control, navigation, LED headlights and a heated windshield.
Volkswagen has not announced if it will sell the e-Golf in the United States.