Volkswagen has announced that its latest electric car will be making its North American debut soon at the LA Motor Show. The e-Golf is the first fully electric VW car that will be offered in the US. Like other electric vehicles on the market in the US, the e-Golf will deliver everyday driving capability with no emissions.
The e-Golf will use a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor producing 115 hp and 199 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle will ship with an onboard 7.2kW charger as standard. VW fits its EV with three regenerative braking modes to help improve its driving range.
The electric motor is powerful enough to push the e-Golf to 25 mph in 4.2 seconds and to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds. Top speed for the EV is limited to 87 mph. VW says that depending on what regenerative braking mode is used and the driving style, the vehicle is good for a driving range of 70 to 90 miles.
VW also fits the e-Golf with a heat pump to help it function properly in cold environments. The battery pack is liquid cooled and weighs 701 pounds. The entire car weighs 3090 pounds. The battery pack has 264 prismatic cells in 27 modules holding six or 12 cells each. The car will need about 20 hours to charge fully using a standard 110/120 volt wall socket. With a 220-volt outlet charging at 7.2 kW, the car needs four hours to charge fully.