The electric version of Volkswagen’s Golf has been rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined MPGe.
The EPA also gave the fully electric 2015 e-Golf an official range of up to 83 miles.
Volkswagen observed that compared to other compact electric vehicles (EVs), these numbers make the 2015 e-Golf the most efficient car in its class.
The e-Golf adds a compact electric motor and lithium-ion battery, built in-house at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig, Germany facility, to the Golf’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. The 2015 e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle for the U.S. market.
Although more than 30 million Golf vehicles have been sold worldwide, this e-Golf is the first zero tailpipe emissions, fully electric version of the car. Volkswagen added it is also part of its Think Blue holistic approach to sustainability and efficiency.
The e-Golf has a 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger standard, enabling the EV’s battery to be recharged in any of three ways. Via optional 240-volt wallbox, charging can take less than four hours; via the 120-volt cable supplied, the e-Golf can recharge in roughly 20 hours; thirdly is quick charging – the e-Golf comes equipped with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) which allows the car to use the SAE standard DC fast charging infrastructure (at select stations), bringing state of charge to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
The company added any of these options help provide categorically lower ownership costs than fueling a traditional internal combustion engine.
The e-Golf will go on sale at participating dealerships in select states in November, starting at $35,445, plus a $820 destination and handling fee.