UK customers started being able to place orders for the fully electric VW e-Golf yesterday.

In the UK, the Volkswagen e-Golf is priced at £25,845 on the road (or £30,845 before the UK £5,000 Government grant) and there are 24 Volkswagen EV dealerships across the UK. First deliveries are expected at the end of June said Volkswagen.

Based on the Golf hatchback, VW stated the e-Golf offers the same virtues of practicality, refinement and advanced technology, but with an electric drivetrain and no tailpipe emissions.

The e-Golf can be charged from a European household three-pin socket using the cable provided.  The e-Golf’s batteries are recharged in 13 hours when plugged in a standard UK 230-Volt, 2.3 kilowatt household supply.  An optional wallbox for home use provides 3.6 kilowatt and can recharge a flat battery in eight hours.

VW added the wallbox is currently available at no cost, through British Gas, while all customers of Volkswagen electric products are also eligible for a green electricity tariff through Ecotricity.

Through use of the e-Golf’s standard combined charging system (CCS) and a DC supply, the battery can be fully recharged (at levels of up to 40 kilowatt) to 80 per cent capacity in 35 minutes.

The e-Golf is powered by an 85 kilowatt AC electric motor powering the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox.  The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the Golf’s floor and consists of 264 cells, for a total of 390 Volts and 26.5 kilowatt-hour.

Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 10.4 seconds.  By comparison the Golf BlueMotion, which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine, takes 10.5 seconds.  Top speed for the e-Golf is 87 mph.  Depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the e-Golf has a range of up to 118 miles.