The Volkswagen e-Golf will hit American shores soon, and one lucky buyer will be able to buy the first one via a charity auction that benefits environmental advocacy. Running through October 29th, bidding on the CharityBuzz auction has already reached $33,500 for the rights to the first production electric Volkswagen in America. Worth it?
It most certainly is when you consider the MSRP of the e-Golf sits at about $36,265, and while it’s no 2015 Mustang, there is a bit of added prestige knowing you’re the first to own something as cutting edge as an electric car from one of the world’s largest automakers. When it does go on sale, California, Oregon, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, DC, and Vermont.
During my brief test drive of the e-Golf, I found it more than capable of handling the rigors of driving Virginia’s backroads, and Volkswagen seems to have drawn on the lessons learned by other automakers who dove headfirst into the EV market. It’s just electric enough to be cool, and conventional enough not to draw a crowd. The Toyota FCV is doing a similar charity raffle for their hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with tickets starting at $100 each, though it’s a much more standout vehicle, and not necessarily in a good way.
For some people that’s the perfect mix., and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you can place a bid that will go towards Global Green USA. Rated at between 70 and 90 miles of range per charge and fully-loaded with nearly every option you can cram into the back of a hatchback, you could be the first on your block to rock an electric VDub.