While the Volkswagen e-Golf has been discontinued for the eight-generation Golf in favour of the purpose-built ID.3, sales of the e-Golf is still going strong, with Volkswagen announcing the delivery of its 100,000th unit.
The 100,000 units milestone has made the e-Golf one of the most successful battery electric vehicles (BEV) in Europe as well as the USA. The anniversary vehicle, finished in “Pure White”, was handed over to Maik Jaehde from Germany. The customer was also given an exclusive tour of the production line.
Production of the e-Golf began at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant in 2014, but the increasing demand motivated the brand to expand its production to Dresden in 2017, where the ID.3 will also be produced starting next year. The Dresden plant is on track to achieve an all-time high 16,000 units produced this year.
Volkswagen Head of Sales and Marketing Germany, Holger B. Santel said, “The e-Golf has already been our ambassador for e-mobility for more than five years.
“Today’s delivery milestone of 100,000 vehicles is confirmation of the e-Golf’s success in fulfilling its mission. It therefore plays an important role in the mobility turnaround for many customers and paves the way for the new ID.3,” he added.
The e-Golf features a 35.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, powering the electric motor to produce 100 kW (134 hp) and 290 Nm of torque. Translated to real world performance, the e-Golf takes 9.4 seconds to complete the century sprint, onward to a top speed of 150 km/h.
On a full charge, the VW e-Golf boasts a driving range of up to 230 km based on the WLTP cycle. The battery pack takes approximately six hours to be recharged from a home wallbox, while a 40 kW CCS charging station should recharge the e-Golf from empty to 80% in one hour.
The ID.3 improves on every aspect of the e-Golf, being a purpose-built BEV. Power output has been increased to 201 hp and 310 Nm of torque, along with a range of up to 550 km (WLTP cycle) if equipped with the 77 kWh battery.