After launching the 4Motion version of the seventh generation of the Golf, Volkswagen has released preliminary technical details about the first electric Golf ever. Known as the e-Golf, the car will probably make its debut in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and go on sale sometime later on this year. It will be a front-wheel drive hatchback powered by an electric motor outputting 115 hp (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque.
It will be able to do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 11.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h) which will be electronically limited.
The Volkswagen e-Golf will feature a lithium-ion battery installed under the rear seats which has a 26.5 kWh capacity and will provide the electric German hatchback with a 109-mile (175 km) range. Using a standard household outlet it will take at least five hours to fill the battery entirely. Because of the electric motor, battery and other EV-related hardware, the e-Golf is 551 lbs (250 kg) heavier compared to its conventional-powered sibling.
The car will have three driving modes to offer: Normal, Eco and Range. Eco will limit the top speed to 74.5 mph (120 km/h) and the electric motor’s output to 95 hp (70 kW). Range will turn off the AC system and limit top speed to just 59 mph (95 km/h).