The US market is going to get its first fully electric vehicle in the form of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf this year. As per the official word, Volkswagen is going to introduce the 2015 e-Golf in US by the end of 2014. This all new model will be available in four-door form only and will boast LED headlights with daytime running lights, a unique aluminum wheel design, a blue accented radiator grille and plenty of other goodies.
Powering the 2015 e-Golf is an EEM-85 synchronous permanent-magnet AC electric motor that produces 115 hp and peak torque of 199 pound-feet. With class leading torque output, the e-Golf accelerates to 25 mph in 4.2 seconds and to 60 mph in nearly 10 seconds. The motor helps the car achieve an electronically limited top speed of 87 mph. Coupled to the AC electric motor is a compact, single-speed EQ270 transmission which incorporates an electro-mechanical parking brake and an integrated differential.
Paired to the electric motor is a 24.2 kWh lithium ion battery which weighs 701 pounds and can be charged via the e-Golf’s standard 7.2 kW onboard charge or a 240-volt wallbox or a 110/120-volt electrical socket. The wallbox charges the battery in less than 4 hours while the regular electric socket takes 20 hours to do the same.
The car can be driven in three different driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco+. Upon start up, the car is in Normal mode which can be switched to Eco mode which extends the range by modifying the response curve and tweaking other electronics. The Eco+ mode limits the torque and power output along with the top speed to last increase the range even further.
In addition to the driving profiles, there is a regenerative braking system featuring three driver-selectable levels: D1, D2 and D3 / B. As per the German automaker, the e-Golf will offer a real world, full-charge range of 70 to 90 miles depending on the driving style, while the maximum possible range is close to 115 miles.