First drive in the electric VW eGolf The Car Tech CNET Reviews

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Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Cars

First drive in the electric VW

Volkswagen has just started a program with 20 eGolfs in the

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a day spent torture-testing Volkswagen models in the Santa Cruz I took a time out to drive the the electrical vehicle based on the hatchback. Volkswagen just off a test program in the U.S. 20 eGolfs spread around the

I got a look at the eGolf last in Volkswagen’s Electronics Research (ERL). The car uses a 26.5 lithium-ion battery pack to it an estimated 93 miles in range.

The eGolf felt lighter both the Nissan Leaf and Volt.

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The cabin of the eGolf I drove the standard Golf’s in many not surprising as these cars everything except the driveline. But the cluster swaps a power use for the tachometer, and a smaller analog shows the remaining range. all-important number is repeated on a display.

Like other cars, the eGolf glided forward. As the range display showed 10 miles, I kept a foot on the accelerator, so did not feel the effect of its 199 pound-feet of torque the front wheels.

Mark Gillies, Volkswagen’s and technology manager, rode in the seat, advising me on the eGolf’s brake regeneration capabilities. On a slope, I moved the shifter to the B which slowed the car substantially. It delivers about 60 kilowatts of according to Gillies.

Putting it into drive and coming another down slope, advised me to hit the paddle shifter with a minus sign. drag began to slow the a bit, and a small, empty icon appeared on the instrument

Volkswagen installed electric chargers at its Electronics Research

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Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Cars

the paddle shifter again more drag and a low level in the battery icon. I was able to tap the two more times, bringing the level to maximum and filling up the icon. Likewise, hitting the paddle lifted each of regeneration.

It was a fine degree of to give electric car drivers.


surprising was how light the car felt. has not released the eGolf’s curb but I did not register the same kind of weight as in the Nissan Leaf or Volt. Instead, the car drove it was similar in weight to the standard

Some of that perception may had to do with the electric power which was heavily boosted. the wheel to very little

As to that 10-mile range I would have thought would be more concerned, as it was a drive to the ERL where the car was based, and it could be recharged. But he blithely out how more than half of run was downhill. The car would probably end up more range than he started.

And that point me realize the fungible nature of in an electric car. Going in a gas-engined car may make the trip range go up, but you are still depleting the to some degree. The regeneration of electric cars mean you can much of the used energy, the right topography.

Because of currently limited electric car drivers out of necessity develop an understanding of their topography superior to that of drivers. These drivers find the gentler grades for climbing and the best down for regeneration. Whatever range the car may not matter depending on the down or up ahead.

Volkswagen has just begun the eGolf. The lessons learned this program will go the production model, planned for the end of

Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Cars
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