VW e-Golf Shows Up Early

Initial details and pictures of Volkswagen’s electric Golf MkVII have turned up online.

The firstphotos and details of the new VW e-Golf have emerged ahead of theEV's reveal at the Geneva Motor Show. The FWDelectric Golf VII’s will be powered by an electric motor capable of 115horsepower and instant torque of 199 lb-ft, translating to a 0-62 time of11.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 84 mph. A lithium-ionbattery pack mounted under the rear seats has a capacity of 26.5 kWh, whichgives the e-Golf a maximum range of 109 miles. It also adds around 250 kg compared to the regular Golf.

Charging takes five hours from a regular power outlet, and three driving modes of Normal, Eco and Range are offered with the e-Golf. Normal is the standard setup, Eco limits output to 95 hp and top speed to 75 mph, while Range deactivates the a/c and further limits top speed to 59 mph. Distinguishing the EV from the internal combustion-powered Golf is the near silent engine note, revised bumpers designed to reduce wind resistance, and newly styled headlights. Inside a new MMI displays graphics that inform drivers of what’s going on with the car. Look out for the e-Golf at Geneva where it will debut before hitting showrooms at the end of the year.

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