3. Volkswagen e-Golf
The 2015 e-Golf is an all-electric version of the seventh generation of the venerable VW hatchback and one of many new electrified vehicle pending from the Volkswagen Group.
It will be the first EV from the automaker, and was announced in November as due in the U.S. at the end of 2014.
Since the Golf model was launched in 1974, it’s become a global best seller, and VW has sold more than 30 million Golfs.
The 115 horsepower e-version will be another shorter-range EV in the U.S. market, but with characteristics of the base car.
Range is estimated at 70-90 miles, VW says, top speed is 87 mph, so this will be a city car.
Some have said VW is late to the game, and this is arguably true, but really, the game has only just begun, and there is room for more to jump in and begin an evolutionary process toward improvements yet to come.