I fancy vehicles, but I fancy the environment more. After all, by the end of the day, the vehicles will come and go, but this environment will be here for future generations. Volkswagen has been at the forefront in designing vehicles for the budget minded individuals, and the e-Golf is just but one of those that really appeals to Ira D. Riklis.
This model is widely expected to be in the market later in the year and joins a host of electric vehicles that will definitely be catching the eye of buyers all over the region. With Volkswagen making a bold statement that they seek to become leaders in as far as the market for electric vehicles are concerned there is so much that they have to do, especially when you weigh the competition from companies like Nissan and their Nissan Leaf. The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is perhaps a good statement of intent from the company if anything.
There is so much that this vehicle is bringing to the table which makes it one of a kind. Form the gasoline TSI or the diesel TDI you will be able to experience the high performance of the GTI. It still gets to maintain the hatchback design and is also available in two door and four door alternatives. The roof is slightly lower to be precise by one inch.
The other thing that stands out about this 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is the architecture within which it is built. Designed from the MQB architecture which is Volkswagen’s latest build in the industry so far, it can operate within different drive trains. The vehicle will keep the 24.2 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery that is fitted at the front and at the rear end of the vehicle. It also has a good transmission tunnel.
The battery pack is only 701 pounds compared to the curb weight of the vehicle that stands at around 3,100 pounds. The instrument cluster display can indicate 110 miles of range on the vehicle, perhaps one of the best features that it has so far, considering that a number of the competition are struggling to provide 83-100 miles of range so far.
Upon testing, the vehicle doesn’t even lurch once you push the accelerator. It quietly gets forward and the 115 horsepower motor gives it some really good acceleration programming. Well, you can get to do zero to 25 mph in 4.2 seconds, though it will take you 10 seconds to hit 60 mph. As is the case with a host of the new electric vehicle designs, it also employs a regenerative braking system which helps in recharging the battery pack by capturing the kinetic energy.
For sure as their entry level vehicle into the electric vehicle market, Volkswagen have already outdone themselves, and it will be interesting to see how much they quote for the price.Would I consider taking this beauty for a test drive? Hell, yeah I would. There’s no way I would miss out on giving this baby a test drive.