Volkswagen US has presented 2015 e-Golf, which the first fully electric vehicle for the country. It is stated to go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. The all-new model is a part of a structured powertrain strategy that will lead to the introduction of new and highly efficient drive systems, and is part of Volkswagen's holistic approach to sustainability called Think Blue.

2015 e-Golf is available in four-door form only and is immediately recognizable by its unique aluminum-alloy wheels and LED headlights, the first VW to be equipped with the technology in the U.S.-market.

The powertrain includes a 115HP (85 kW) and 270Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque electric motor. 0-100 km/h in 10.0 seconds and a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). The high-performance 12,000-rpm motor and the single-speed EQ270 transmission form a compact unit; the EQ270 also incorporates an integrated differential and an electro-mechanical parking brake. The motor and transmission were developed in-house and are made at Volkswagen's components plant in Kassel, Germany. The average range is between 70 and 90 miles (112 and 144 km) and the maximum is 115 miles (184 km).

The e-Golf features two technologies that allow the driver to control the vehicle's energy use: three driving profiles designed to preserve energy ("Normal", "Eco", and "Eco+"); and three different levels of regenerative braking ("D1", "D2", and "D3"/"B").

Outside the e-Golf features energy-efficient LED headlights, C-shaped LED DRLs and redesigned front bumper. There are no tailpipes, which is an obvious clue that this is an EV. Other features include badging and blue highlights on the VW logo as well as aerodynamically optimized 16" alloy wheels with low rolling resistance 205 tires.

Inside, the e-Golf comes in SEL Premium trim including a touchscreen navigation system; VW Car-Net connected services; Keyless entry with push-button start; heatable front seats; a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel; Bluetooth technology; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; a rear-view camera; and Park Distance Control. The interior is also enhanced by blue elements, including the decorative seams on the steering wheel and shifter, plus the floor-mat edgings.

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Source: Volkswagen