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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Volkswagen e-Golf Specs emerge ahead of Geneva debut

Preliminary details and first photos with the Volkswagen e-Golf are now available, ahead of the EV's debut in Geneva next month.

The front-wheel drive electric Golf VII will feature an electric motor capable of developing 115 hp (85.76 kW) and an instant torque of 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). Thanks to this setup, the e-Golf will need 11.8 seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of only 84 mph (135 km/h).

The lithium-ion battery is mounted under the rear seats and has a capacity of 26.5 kWh which should be enough for a range of up to 175 km (109 miles). Charging from a regular household outlet will be done in at least five hours. The added hardware has increased the Golf's weight by 250 kg (551 lbs).

The Volkswagen e-Golf will offer three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Range. Normal is the standard configuration, while Eco will limit the output of the electric motor to 95 hp (70.84 kW) and set the electronically limited top speed to just 74.5 mph (120 km/h). Range will deactivate the air conditioning system and further limit top speed to 59 mph (95 km/h).

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