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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Officially Rated at 83 Miles of Electric Range

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On: Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 11:05AM | By: Teddy Field


2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Officially Rated at 83 Miles of Electric Range

Electric cars are here to stay, and Volkswagen has jumped on the Battery Bandwagon with a fully electric version of the new Mk7 Golf. The EPA just completed energy consumption tests on the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, and it scored near the top of the 2015 EV segment; its 116 combined miles per gallon equivalent makes it the most efficient in that segment. Click through to see how the Golf EV fared against the rest of the 2015 electric cars.

Since the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf rides on the MK7 Golf MQB platform, the liquid-cooled Lithium-ion battery pack was able to be placed in the floor of the car, beneath the front and rear seats. This integration allows for more sporty handling characteristics and less intrusion into the passenger cabin. And it makes the 2015 VW Golf EV feel like it was actually designed to be an electric car. By contrast, the battery pack in the 2015 Ford Focus Electric takes up most of the car’s trunk, causing it to present like a car that was ‘converted’ to an EV as an afterthought.

The 2015 VW e-Golf is powered by a front-mounted electric motor that makes 115hp and 199 lb-ft of instant torque. This is enough ‘juice’ to hustle this 3,090lb EV to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds. The 24.2 kWh battery pack can be recharged in four hours using a 220v charger, or 20 hours using a standard 110v household plug. It also comes with a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) plug, allowing 2015 e-Golf owners to take advantage of fast charging stations, where their batteries can be brought up to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

To measure the efficiency of an electric vehicle, the EPA tests the total range, then assigns an MPGe (e=equivalent) number. To do this, they use a formula where the energy in one gallon of gas is equal to 33.7 kW/hour of electricity. For our rankings, we’ll use total range, as this is more relevant to how people drive.

2014 Tesla Model S - 208-265 miles of range
Price: $69,900 - $93,400

2015 Kia Soul EV - 93 miles of range
Price: N/A

2014 Fiat 500e - 87 miles of range
Price: $32,650

2014 Nissan Leaf - 84 miles of range
$28,800

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf - 83 miles of range
Price: $35,445

2014 Chevy Spark EV - 82 miles of range
Price: $27,495

2014 Honda Fit EV - 82 miles of range
Price: $259/mo lease

2014 BMW i3 - 81 miles of range
Price: $42,275

2014 Ford Focus Electric - 76 miles of range
$29,995

2014 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive - 68 miles of range
Price: $25,750

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV - 62 miles of range
Price: $23,845


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