VW e-Golf? Could it be a Contender?

Earlier I wrote about the VW e-Golf and the lack of differentiation (other than design) from the Nissan LEAF. Well, VW has a recent press release about the car and guess what? They added technology to differentiate it from the LEAF. Underwhelming.

  • 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • Real-world range of approximately 80 miles (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • 114 horsepower (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • 199 pound-feet of torque (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • 0 to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • 87 mph top speed (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • Drag coefficient of 0.28 (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • Three drive modes: Normal, Eco and ECO+ (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • Four levels of regenerative braking: D1, D2, D3 and B (okay, this is nice; the LEAF has 2 levels)
  • CCS standard in the US (there is exactly 1 charger in the US for CCS; I prefer CHAdeMO)
  • 13-hour recharge on standard 230-volt socket or 4 hours with optional wall-box charger (nearly identical to the LEAF)
  • Curb weight 3,090 pounds (slightly lighter than the LEAF)
  • 7.2 kW onboard charger (slightly faster than the LEAF’s available 6.6kW charger)

And that’s it, folks. At this time, we don’t know if the e-Golf will be a compliance car, but VW says availability is for “select states”. That screams “compliance car” to me.

Could it be a contender? Only if it significantly beats the LEAF on features (it doesn’t) or on price (it won’t).

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