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VW e-Golf: Anyone for batteries?

2014-03-12 19:14

E-GOLF ANYONE? VW has launched and announced the price for its latest battery-car, the e-Golf, and it's pretty competitive with standard cars. Image: VW

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Volkswagen reveals the first images of its new Golf GTE – a plug-in hybrid version of Golf hatchback that combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a GTI.

  • Based on the standard Golf
  • 190km range but full charge13 hours
  • Top speed 140km/h; 100km/h in 10.4sec
  • Electric motor produces 85kW/270Nm

LONDON, England - VW has launched and announced the price for its latest battery-car, the e-Golf. It's unlikely to reach South Africa - no recharging infrastructure, ou maat -  but we thought you'd like to know what it's all about for, well, one day... perhaps.

Range will still be a problem - it'll do 190km, VW says, but we reckon that will be with a following wind, and a recharge from a standard wall plug will take an achingly long THIRTEEN hours. Or eight if you take advantage of the (free) wall installation that ups the voltage.

GALLERY: VW e-Golf

An 85kW/270Nm electric motor drives the front wheels through a six-speed direct-shift gearbox. The 318kg battery pack is under the floor  - 264 cells together rated at 390V and 26.5kWh.

REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Range can be influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes: D, D1, D2, D3 and B.  In D, the vehicle coasts without regenerative braking when the accelerator is lifted. 

In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are activated when the driver's foot is lifted from the accelerator, as long as a predetermined level of deceleration is achieved. The braking effect of the drive wheels being turned into dynamos can be quite physical on a battery car...

The e-Golf is the first production VW to have full LED headlights. They produce brighter light and use less battery power than xenon headlights. 

The upholstery has blue stitches and there's an option of blue ambient lighting.
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