Before it gets discontinued, VW's electric hatchback is celebrating an impressive milestone.
With VW pushing its new electric ID. range, you'd be forgiven for forgetting all about the Volkswagen e-Golf. It launched in 2014 but will be discontinued for the 2020 model year to be replaced by the ID.3 electric hatchback.
Just before its demise, the e-Golf is celebrating a production milestone, as the 100,000th example recently rolled off the production line. Painted in Pure White, the anniversary vehicle was presented to Maik Jaehde from Landolfshausen near Hanover, Germany, who was also given a production tour.
Production of the e-Golf first started in 2014 in Wolfsburg, Germany but due to high demand, the electric car has also been built in VW's Glaserne Manufaktur Dresden Transparent Factory for more than two and a half years, which is where the new ID.3 will be produced next fall.
Series production of the ID.3 has already started in Zwickau earlier this month. Around 27,900 e-Golfs were delivered worldwide from January to October 2019, with full-year deliveries in 2018 totaling 24,800. The five strongest sales markets this year are Norway, Germany, the USA, the UK, and the Netherlands. Powering the Volkswagen e-Golf is an electric motor that develops 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery pack, the e-Golf will last 125 miles on a single charge.
"The e-Golf has already been our ambassador for e- mobility for more than five years," said Holger B. Santel, Volkswagen's Head of Sales and Marketing. "Today's delivery milestone of 100,000 vehicles is confirmation of the e-Golf's success in fulfilling its mission. It therefore plays an important role in the mobility turnaround for many customers and paves the way for the new ID.3."
Henning Schulzki, Head of Sales and Marketing at the Glaserne Manufaktur Dresden, added: "The e-Golf has made the Gläserne Manufaktur a vibrant showcase for e-mobility since 2017. We will produce over 16,000 units this year – an all-time high. We are delighted to have set this new record."