Bidding Open For First US-Bound VW e-Golf

Here’s your chance to get your hand on the very first U.S.-bound VW e-Golf.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) and Global Green USA teamed up for the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf.

The auction, hosted online at Charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, offers bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the brand’s first all-electric model before retail sales in the United States begin later this year.

Proceeds will benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.

VWoA said bids will be accepted until 3:30 p.m. ET on October 29.

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VW added the 2015 e-Golf is due to go on sale in November and is Volkswagen’s first fully electric vehicle that produces zero tailpipe emissions. The all-new EV model is part of a structured powertrain strategy that will lead to the introduction of new drive systems, and is part of Volkswagen’s Think Blue. holistic approach to sustainability.

“We’re excited to mark the launch of our first all-electric car with an auction that raises funds and awareness for Global Green USA’s groundbreaking work to bring smart, sustainable solutions to communities nationwide,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The auction is now live for the public to support an important cause and to be the first proud new owner of the brand’s first electric vehicle in the U.S.”

The all-new, 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will start at $35,445 for the fully equipped SEL Premium model. The e-Golf features a 24.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor producing 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. A 7.2 kilowatt onboard charger and DC fast charging are standard. The e-Golf is built on the Golf’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform.

“We applaud Volkswagen’s commitment to developing a vehicle that is both sustainable and affordable,” said Les McCabe, Ph.D, President and CEO of Global Green USA. “While climate change is undeniable, we now have zero-emission vehicle options that allow us to collectively mitigate its impact.”

Volkswagen explained it is also improving the ownership experience with a holistic approach to e-mobility. The company has announced a plan to invest in carbon reduction projects to help offset the emissions created from the production, distribution, and charging of the e-Golf for approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Charging solutions from Bosch and Chargepoint, along with a new Roadside Assistance program and VW Car-Net e-Golf app. The electric golf comes with a best-in-class eight year/100,000 mile battery.