Compared with other car companies, the EV segment of VW has always rolled at a slower pace in launching their vehicles on the road. As if in a shift to that practice, VW has decided to launch their all electric Golf by late 2013 instead of the scheduled 2014 date.
The all electric Golf has been given the name, Golf-E, and it will use a powertrain similar to that on the Golf Blue e-motion concept back in 2010. It will feature an electric motor producing 115 hp and a torque of 270 Nm, which uses a lithium-ion battery package.
The car will offer a driving range of up to 150 km (93 miles) and a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). The car can cruise from 0-62 in 11.8 seconds and the figures look quite attractive.
To enhance the maximum efficiency, the e-Golf has something that other major electric vehicles lack. It is dial-in regenerative braking.
There are four brake settings (D to D3) that run from zero resistance when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator to the setting that recovers the maximum amount of kinetic energy.
Another driver-selectable setting is the driving profile, which optimizes the cruise giving importance to range and comfort of dynamics.
The all-electric Golf is expected to takedown all other competitors in the hatchback EV segment and the automotive world is expecting for its on road launch as soon as possible.