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Electric Volkswagen e-Golf to Debut in Frankfurt

By: Jeff Youngs, 8/30/2013
Volkswagen is introducing yet another variant of its redesigned Golf at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, this one a purely electric vehicle. The new e-Golf is based on the model's 5-door hatchback body style, and is designed to easily serve the average commuter's requirements.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is equipped with an 85-kW electric motor and 24.2-kWh Lithium-ion battery that is compatible with multiple sources of electricity. Volkswagen says the e-Golf will travel 118 miles on a single battery charge, which easily meets the needs of a daily commuter in Germany, who typically drives about 31 miles per day, close to the average distance that American drivers usually travel in daily commuting, according to VW.

The new VW e-Golf offers Eco and Eco Plus driving modes, as well as four different settings for the regenerative braking system. Maximum torque measures 199 lb.-ft., and is available the moment the driver steps on the accelerator pedal. Volkswagen claims the e-Golf can accelerate to 60 mph in about 10.3 seconds, and reach a top speed of 87 mph.

Of course, maximizing performance drains the battery faster. When it's time to recharge the car, the battery reaches 80% capacity in just 30 minutes when using a municipal DC fast-charging station. Volkswagen did not estimate how long it would take using a standard household electrical outlet.

Standard equipment for the VW e-Golf includes the automaker's first installation of standard LED headlights, plus a heated windshield, automatic climate control, and a navigation system. Additional details are expected at the car's official introduction in Frankfurt.

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