2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – features and specs

2015 Volkswagen e Golf 3 2015 Volkswagen e Golf – features and specs

The Volkswagen Golf has remained one of the most popular models of cars in Europe with more than 30 million units sold. Now, Volkswagen has decided to take its success to the next level by electrifying the car. The result is the Volkswagen e-Golf which has zero tailpipe emission. This car is now being premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show, 2013.

The car is powered by an electric moor generating a power of 85 kW. This motor, called the EEM 85 develops a peak torque of 270 Nm. The car takes only 10.4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph. The top speed has been electronically limited at 140 kmph. The car pulls away absolutely smoothly from the curb. This motor is integrated with a single speed gearbox – the EQ270 – with integrated differential and mechanical parking brake. This has been developed by Volkswagen in its plant at Kassel, Germany.

While the driving range varies depending on a number of factors, it is estimated to lie between 130 and 190 kms except in very low outdoor temperature when the range may fall below this. In order to overcome this problem with low temperature, the company is offering a heat pump as an optional upgrade. This pump utilizes heat from the ambient temperature and that given off by the driving components. So, while the use of power is reduced, the efficiency of the car increases and the range can go up by 20% in winter.

The new electric motor integrated into the car is extremely efficient, using only 12.7 kW of power to run 100 kms. The aerodynamic proportions and the perfect rolling resistance have made this impressive performance possible. This makes the e-Golf 10% more efficient than its nearest steel built competitor. The energy cost of the car is estimated to be only €3.28 per 100 kms.

In addition to the innovative electric motor, the car also comes with the Astana alloy wheels which are a signature of Volkswagen. It is also the first car by the company which comes with all LED headlights. These extremely bright lights are more energy efficient than the xenon headlights and are standard on all models. The C shaped daytime running lights in LED are another signature of the company. Finally, to underline the conscious emphasis on the electric powered low emission technology developed by the company, a blue horizontal strip runs across the bottom of the radiator grille which carries on to the headlights. It is a symbol of the “Think Blue” campaign of the company.

All the standard driver’s assistances which are found in the Golf lineup of the company have been integrated into the e-Golf. They include features like adaptive cruise control and city emergency braking which makes the car very safe on roads. A number of features are also provided like the heated windscreen, automatic climate control, parking heater and ventilation, leather wrapped steering wheel, Discover Pro radio and navigation system and many more.

The car also contains a lithium ion battery that weighs around 318 kgs. It is made up of 264 cells integrated into 27 modules. It has a capacity of 24.2 kWh and comes with a battery management controller. The power electronics module performs a crucial function acting as a link in the energy flow between the electric motor and the lithium ion battery. It converts the direct current (DC) stored in the battery into alternating current (AC).
The car comes standard with a charging cable which can be fitted into an electrical socket of 230 V and the battery can be charged fully from flat in 13 hours. Electromechanical brake servo has been developed to optimize the braking force of the driver.


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