While Volkswagen has become a leader in clean diesel cars, their hybrid and all-electric offerings have been rather paltry. That all changes though with the reveal of the Volkswagen e-Up and e-Golf, two all-electric people movers that offer at least 100 miles per charge, and a cost to operate far cheaper than comparable gas or even diesel vehicles.
The Volkswagen e-Up uses a 60 kW/80 horsepower electric motor that produces 155 ft-lbs of torque and is paired with a 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. While 0-60 mph takes more than 12 seconds, Volkswagen claims up to 100 miles of driving per-charge, 3.02 Euros, or about $4.00 to go 60 miles. With gas prices over $8.00 a gallon in Germany, there isn’t a single car, hybrid or diesel, that can match that kind of efficiency.
Need something bigger? The Volkswagen e-Golf has a larger 24.2 kWh battery pack and an 85 kW/114 horsepower electric motor that helps it scoot from 0 to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds to speeds of up to 130 kph/87 mph, and will cost just $4.37 to go for a 60-mile trip. Superfast CSS chargers will fill either car to 80% in around 30 minutes, though pricing information hasn’t been announced.
No word on if either car will go on sale in America either, though the new CAFE/EPA regulations all but mandate electric cars from automakers. Don’t be surprised if the e-Golf makes its way to America soon after its European launch.