VW Sets Price of All-Electric Golf at $36,265

By · August 25, 2014

2015 Volkswagen E-Golf

Volkswagen today announced that the E-Golf, its first all-electric car, will be priced at $36,265 (including destination and delivery). The announcement sets the cost of the E-Golf in between the more affordable popular Nissan LEAF, which has a starting price of $29,800, and German luxury EVs—the BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive—offered at $42,300 and $42,400 respectively.

These figures do not take a $7,500 federal tax credit, or a $2,500 rebate offered in California, into consideration.

The Nissan LEAF and VW E-Golf sell at nearly identical prices, that is, when you compare a fully loaded Nissan LEAF to the E-Golf's single trim option: the SEL premium. Standard features include LED lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, rearview camera, keyless access, heated front seats, automatic post-collision braking system, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

In its press release regarding pricing, Volkswagen said the E-Golf’s driving range is between 70 and 90 miles, depending on driving style and charging behavior. The E-Golf has a 24.2 kilowatt-hour battery pack, approximately the same size as the Nissan LEAF's battery.

The all-electric Golf comes standard with quick charging, employing the SAE Combined Charging System (CCS) that allows 80 percent battery charge within 30 minutes. There are currently fewer CCS quick charging stations than the locations using the CHAdeMO protocol that’s compatible with the Nissan LEAF. However, the number of stations equipped with CCS connectors is on the rise. (Check PlugShare.com, or the PlugShare app, and filter for "SAE Combo DCFC" to see the number of CCS stations in your region.)

Volkswagen also claimed that the E-Golf’s interior space, at 93.5 cubic feet, is the largest among compact EVs—without any loss of space compared with the gas-powered Golf. The cargo area has 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

The e-Golf will go on sale in participating dealerships in select states in November 2014—although VW did not specify the markets.

Volkswagen also said that it would invest in clean energy to help offset carbon emissions for the production and distribution of the E-Golf, as well as for charging needed for about 36,000 miles of driving.


· · 3 years ago

"These figures do not take a $7,500 federal tax credit, or a $2,500 rebate offered in California, into consideration."

One again I get the impression this web site is written by Californians, for Californians.

· · 3 years ago

@RedLeaf - I'm guilty of being a Californian, although of course, the federal tax credit is available across the country. The fact is that California is the biggest car market overall, and by far the biggest market for EVs. I'm pretty sure that VW hasn't announced specific states where the Golf will be offered, but if it follows precedent, it will be California only/first--with maybe the west coast and NY metro area. So, I think there's some justification to mentioning the California rebate. That said, we'll try to keep an eye open for California bias in future articles.

· · 3 years ago

Anybody want to buy a gently-used, low-mileage 2012 Chevy Volt? I've been anxiously awaiting VW making its move into the BEV space.

· · 3 years ago

@Brad - wouldn't have commented if this was the first such California-centric reference. I appreciate that California is the biggest car market. It is also the most unique, *especially* for plug-ins. In fact, for plug-ins the situation is pretty much: 1) California, 2) A few other CARB states, 3) everywhere else in the US. Guess what? Group (3) is bigger than (1) or (2).

I live in (3) - Colorado, to be exact. So when an article is published talking about the "large variety of EVs now available", as you recently did, I have to laugh because here in Colorado it's still the Telsa and LEAF, with the same old Volt and Ford Energi's rounding out the list. Except for the current dearth of i-Mievs and Focus Electrics, which used to be here in 2012 in small numbers it could be 2012 again.

So, to expand your audience I'd suggest writing for at least the whole US, if not internationally. "$7500 federal tax credit plus other locale-specific credits (see link)" would be an example.


· · 3 years ago

@RedLeaf - Thanks for the reminder. In Berkeley, where I live, I constantly see seven or eight different plug-in car models. Yesterday, I saw the first i3 in the wild. But your reminder that it's a different story in many parts of the country is very helpful. I'll definitely keep it in mind.

· · 3 years ago

Hey guys I live in virginia beach and my lease on my nissan leaf is coming due in dec 2014.
I am for sure getting back into an other electric car. My monthly lease payments are currently 458 and in will look to get in something within the same amount or bit lower. My choices are e-golf, ford focus or nissan leaf. That leave the BMW e3 out :(

Hopefully the e-golf will fit my need and budget. Unfortunately if I do choose the e-golf I will need to lease my car in Maryland and have it brought Virginia beach at my expense.
Has anyone in this group ever driven a focus electric.
Would appreciate some feedback.

· · 3 years ago

@Brad - Your article is a little misleading when you compare the $36,265 price of the fully-loaded e-Golf to the $29,800 price of the entry-level Leaf S. A much fairer comparison would be to the $35,970 price of the fully-loaded Leaf SL. The difference is less than $300, which is in the noise at this price range.

I don't mind that you mention the starting price of the Leaf, but frankly I am disappointed that you did not present a fair comparison.

· · 3 years ago

@Brian - Fair enough. I made a change in the article to make your point. Thanks.

· · 3 years ago

@Brad - thanks for the update. It's good to see you still listen to the "little people" ;)

The eGolf is certainly an interesting addition to the market. Yes, it is very similar to existing options, but it is a format that has been growing steadily in sales for the past 3-4 years. I am a little disappointed that they didn't do much to leapfrog the competition, but at least they are meeting them head-on.

· · 3 years ago

I'm looking forward to seeing this car. I had to walk away from the Focus Electric due to the cargo area. This car supposedly does not have that problem - i.e. the traction battery occupying the cargo space. I doubt I will be impressed enough to overlook the me-too range, but I still want to see it and drive it. I want to be a two EV family, but I have a feeling I'll stretch the life of our old ICE until Model 3 is available.

· · 3 years ago

We have a $2,500 rebate (for the time being) here in Massachusetts, too.

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