2016 VW e-Golf perfect for city slicker with short commutes


Tesla has actually triggered an unprecedented interest in electric cars thanks to its upcoming, cost effective Model 3. The race is on to get more EV’s to market. The all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf is sold in Europe and parts of the United States, but it s not available in Canada.

That is most likely to change. Soon

Plugged into a charging device outside Volkswagen Canada’s head office in Ajax, Ont. is an e-Golf.

So exactly what’s up with that, Volkswagen?

The eGolf is not PRESENTLY available in Canada; however we are working on a task now and hope to have interesting news soon! Thomas Tetzlaff, a VW Canada representative, composes in an email.

I take the 2016 VW e-Golf for a spin in Wolfsburg, Germany that’s where the electric hatchback and other Golf variants roll off the assembly line. From the outside, it appears like a regular Golf just subtle design cues separate it from its household.

Look closely and you’ll spot tiny e-Golf badges at the front and rear, a delicate blue line running along the front end, special 16-inch-wheels and no signs of tailpipes.

Inside, it likewise looks like a traditional Golf. Blue accents appear on the gear shifter as well as the instrument cluster, which is developed to display its EV power. Rather of a conventional tachometer, there’s a power display screen that tells the motorist when the motor is ready when the battery is being recharged via the regenerative braking. Beside the speedometer, another screen offers the driving variety offered, approximated charging time, and the drive mode selected.

There are three modes to choose from: Normal, Eco and Eco+ mode, created to save additional energy. The info likewise appears on the touch screen in the centre console, which you can access through hand gestures. The lithium-ion battery pack runs beneath the floor so you wear t sacrifice space in the cabin or freight area.

The electric motor in the e-Golf sends power to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. A range monitor in the centre screen likewise shows how utilizing the wiper blades or the heating decrease the readily available variety; it’s beneficial when factoring the distance to your location.

Charging time can range from 13 hours utilizing a conventional clothes dryer outlet to less than 4 hours if you update to a 240-volt home-charging wall box.

The e-Golf isn’t built for longer commutes, but for a quick jaunt, it is a wise, useful and enjoyable city runabout.

And worth the wait, Canada.

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