It is based on your regular Golf hatchback, but it is an all electric car. The Volkswagen e-Golf has arrived in Ireland.
The all electric Golf is available in five door configuration only in a single trim level akin to the high end Comfortline, with
the addition of 2Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, e-specific ‘Astanta’ alloy wheels and Discover Pro satellite
navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen.
Orders are how being taken with the e-Golf costing €32,660, including €5,000 SEAI grant and €5,000 VRT rebate. As with all electric vehicles, range is a consideration. That is 190km with the e-Golf.
A standard full charge takes 13 hours and a fast charge to 80% can be achieved in 35 minutes. The AC electric motor produces 85 kW/115 PS and 270 Nm of torque and can drive e-Golf to a top speed of 140kph in 10.4 seconds.
Charging, re-charging the car, is simple. It can be done from a household three-pin socket using a cable provided at purchase. With a standard 230-Volt, 2.3 kW supply, this recharges the battery in 13 hours.
Alternatively, there is an optional wallbox available for home use. This provides a 3.6 kW supply and can recharge a flat battery in eight hours. This is available free through ESB ecars.
If the option is to use 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 kW) to 80% capacity in 35 minutes.
For those whose driving habits suit an electric vehicle, the e-Golf can be a money saver. For example, the e-Golf can cost as little as €1.27 per 100km, compared to €5.77 for the equivalent 1.6 diesel Golf, or €7.80 for the 1.2 TSI petrol Golf.
VW point out that could be a 78% fuel saving versus a diesel Golf, and up to an 84% saving versus the petrol Golf.
An AC electric motor provides drive, linked to the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox. The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the floor of the car and weighs 318kgs. It consists of 264 cells, together rated at 390 volts and 26.5kWh.
An optional heat pump (€1,004) helps deliver maximum range in Winter. This add-on module for the electric heating and air conditioning uses heat from both ambient air and the vehicle’s drive systems, significantly reducing electricity consumption. It can increase the e-Golf’s range in cold weather by up to 20%.
As well as a standard driving mode, the e-Golf has two economy profiles: ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’. ‘Eco’ cuts peak power to 70 kW/95 PS, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the accelerator response. Top speed is cut to 120 km/h and 0-100 km/h takes 12.1 seconds. ‘Eco+’ limits maximum power to 55 kW/75 PS, torque to 175 Nm, and top speed to 90 km/h, while the accelerator response is modified and the air conditioning disabled.
The e-Golf’s range can also be influenced by regenerative braking. Frank Keane VW, Long Mile Dublin, are the authorised e-Golf retailer for Ireland.
The Golf was the World and European car of the year in 2013.