Review: Volkswagen e-Golf drive



After the successful stint of the e-Up, Volkswagen’s new model e-Golf is all set to go on sale in North America by the end of 2014. Produced at length, German automaker resisted its urge to launch the e-Golf until its innovative drive line was effectively sorted both in terms of performance and range.

Moreover, the increasing pressure to get zero emission cars in Europe and the growing awareness of people about the new and powerful electric cars have also boosted to put the e-Golf on sale.

Volkswagen has based its new electric car around the seventh generation Golf model because potential buyers choose practicality and ease of use rather than fancy style while buying electric cars.

In terms of look, the new front bumper that the e-Golf is festooned with has integrated LED daytime running lamps. The closed off grille of the car avoid the entry of air to the engine bay.

In addition, the under-body panelling makes the air flow smooth while speeding. Besides, the e-Golf has a rear spoiler that is fixed above the tailgate. The air guides are placed within the C-pillars and to wrap things up, a new rear bumper is also attached.

The wheels of the e-Golf have been improved with an aerodynamic design. This design is expected to reduce the commotion within the wheel houses.

All the improvements together have resulted in a claimed 10 per cent improved coefficient of drag of the e-Golf as compared to the standard Golf.

The e-Golf has the same MQB platform assembly along with powerful steel body that is used in other models of seventh-generation Golf. It also features one body style and a five-door hatchback.

As far as engine is concerned, the e-Golf is fitted with an in-house electric motor with a capacity of 12,000 rpm. This engine creates 114 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque in three driving modes.

The EQ270, an in-house created single speed gearbox, directs the drive to the front wheels. The car gets energy from a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs 700 pounds. This battery is attached under the cargo compartment at the rear, and it generates a nominal voltage of 232 volts.

The charging time of the battery is around 13 hours on a household socket at a charging power of 2.3 kW.  However, you have an alternative to charge it in four hours at a charging station with power levels of up to 40 kW.

The interior space and overall features include all the luxuries except for slightly less luggage space as compared to the seventh-generation Golf models.  The e-Golf possesses an 8-inch touchscreen colour monitor with many on-board functions, like a range monitor, energy flow indicator and charge manager.

In terms of price, Volkswagen Golf is expected to charge less than the recently unveiled BMW i3.

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