Volkswagen to present 100% electric Golf in Frankfurt
In this Nov. 9, 2012 file picture a worker fixes a sign at a Volkswagen Golf car during a press tour in Zwickau, central Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer,File)
Published Friday, August 23, 2013 1:21PM EDT
Volkswagen has officially confirmed that its e-Golf, the first version of the brand's emblematic compact car to run entirely on electricity, will have its world premiere in Frankfurt. The Italian website Quattroruote.it reports that the model will have a 115hp engine and a range of 175km.
According to Quattroruote.it, the e-Golf's 115hp electric motor will provide a top speed of 135km/h. To strike the optimum balance between performance and efficiency in different driving situations, the model is said to allow drivers to switch between different modes. The "economy" mode, for example, will bring the motor's power down to 95hp and its top speed to 120km/h. In terms of range, the e-Golf's lithium-ion battery offers a range of 175km and a charging time of 5 hours.
The electric version and its sports car counterpart
Of course, Volkswagen's other noteworthy world premiere planned for Frankfurt is that of the high-performance Golf-R. The compact sports car sets new records for the line, reaching 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, or 4.9 seconds when equipped with Volkswagen's optional dual-clutch gearbox. The vehicle's top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. An innovative energy recuperation system makes the Golf-R quite efficient as well, with average fuel consumption of 7.1L/100km and 165g/km of CO2 emissions.
Volkswagen has mentioned that it has a third exclusive reveal planned for Frankfurt, but the details are still under wraps. Regardless, the brand's 9,000m² will not go unnoticed at the Motor Show, with its 53 vehicles on display. The construction on the Volkswagen stand, expected to take 24 days, will use a whopping 150 tons of steel and 90km of cables.