I've got a lot of friends who are fans of V-Dubs, especially the old, boxy ones. I've always liked the Rabbit/Golf myself, and now Volkswagen is reportedly bringing an all-electric Golf to market sometime in 2014.
Volkswagen has made it clear in no uncertain terms that they want to take over the world, and the Golf hatchback will situate well into those plans. I have a lot of friends with Golfs, and they love those cars (which could be why it is the most popular car in Europe ever). I think an electric Golf, with its practical hatchback body yet distinct looks, would sell like hotcakes. VW agrees, and they’ve even offered up some details on how this electric Golf will function.
Slated to hit showrooms sometime in 2014, the electric Golf would actually be called the “Golf blue e-motion.” The electric motor would have a maximum power of 115 horsepower, while a constant stream of 69 horsepower would be provided for cruising. Not a ton of horsepower, true, but the E-Golf would also have almost 200 ft-lbs of torque available at 0 RPM, which means launching from a stop light would be bunches of fun.
The battery pack in the E-Golf would have about 26.5 kWh of juice, which is slightly more than the Nissan Leaf’s 24 kWh pack. VW says that right now, the E-Golf would be good for about 90 miles of driving, though by 2014 new battery technology should increase that range to somewhere over 100 miles. The E-Golf will even have a “Range+” driving mode, which limits power to just 50 kW (maximum is 85 kW) and deactivates the air conditioning, adding a few miles of range. “Comfort+” mode allows you to use all 85 kW of power, while “Normal” limits power to 65 kW and top speed to around 70 mph.
Again though, this car isn’t slated to come out for another four years, and in that time a lot can change, hopefully for the better. With Volkswagen planning to sell 10,000 electric cars a year in China alone, they seem pretty committed to getting electric vehicles on the road sooner rather than later.
Source: Green Car Advisor
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.