PHOTO CAPTION: 'Ghost' illustration showing battery modules in e-Golf.

More Information Leaked on Upcoming VW e-Golf web site purportedly leaks images of Volkswagen's pre-production electric Golf, which may be revealed at Geneva Auto Show.

Published: 21-Feb-2013

VW has certainly given ambiguous messages when it came to the electric car. The electric car was sometime sought of as “demonstration only” or derided elsewhere. Yet an initiative by the German government that aims for no less than 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2020 might has hasten Volkswagen electric car development. VW is teasing us yet again with another version of its electric version of the Golf. Images of the preproduction version “leaked” and are making their way to the news.

Technically Speaking. According to, the Czech car website, pictures of the preproduction latest electric from VW, the e-Golf will be based on the brand new Mk7-generation car. Now imagine removing the engine and replacing it with a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that should give you about 108 miles, that is on the European cycle. Nonetheless, if these figures are met, that would place it in the Nissan Leaf driving range with about 70-80 miles can be expected.

Sporting a 115 HP electric motor with 199 lbs-ft of torque, which gives it a 0-60 mph time in 11.8 seconds, the limited 84 mph speed is that much less than the Leaf's 90 mph. As far as charging, the VW electric golf should take between five to seven hours using a 240 V 'Level 2' charging point. Weight is up by just over 550 pounds.


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