2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Electric Car Priced in U.S. From $36,265

Ahead of its official launch in the U.S. later this fall, Volkswagen North America has announced official pricing of its all-electric 2015 e-Golf.

Based on the same Volkswagen MQB chassis as the rest of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf will go on sale in November for $35,445 before incentives, plus $820 in mandatory destination and delivery charges.

Priced to compete directly with the Nissan LEAF SL, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf offers a similar spec, range, and capability

Priced to compete directly with the Nissan LEAF SL, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf offers a similar spec, range, and capability

Capable of a claimed range of between 70 and 90 miles per charge depending on driving style — official EPA rating hasn’t been released yet — the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is powered by an 85 kilowatt electric motor and 24.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

Unlike Europe, where the e-Golf is available in a variety of different trim levels, the U.S. market e-Golf will only be available in top-spec SEL trim. This means its spec list includes electrically heated windshield, heated front washer nozzles, dual-zone air conditioning, LED headlights and daytime running lights, leatherette seats, full satellite navigation, 7 kilowatt on-board charger, touch-screen infotainment system with satellite radio, and of course, remote telematics.

In addition, the U.S.-spec e-Golf comes with DC quick charger connectivity, courtesy of a Combo CCS charge socket. Capable of refilling the e-Golf’s battery pack from empty to 80 per cent full in 30 minutes or so, the CCS socket functions in a similar way to the CHAdeMO DC quick charge port found on the 2015 Nissan LEAF, although we should note the two standards are not interoperable.

The Volkswagen e-Golf will initially only be on sale in select U.S. states and markets.

The Volkswagen e-Golf will initially only be on sale in select U.S. states and markets.

Taken as a whole, the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is not only similarly priced to the top-spec 2015 Nissan LEAF SL, but is similarly specced, both in terms of on-board convenience and technology as well as range and performance.

Add a more advanced range of drive modes over the LEAF — the e-Golf has three levels of driver-selectable regenerative braking as well as three different driving profiles for maximum control of range and performance — the e-Golf may entice some would-be LEAF owners to buy a Golf instead.

More convention in its appearance than the U.S.-made LEAF, the e-Golf will also appeal more to those who want an electric car but don’t want to mark themselves out as doing so on the morning commute or in the company parking lot.

Sadly however, the e-Golf will remain something of a limited-market car for the foreseeable future, with Volkswagen currently planning to launch it in a handful of key markets — including California — making it more of a compliance car than an easily-obtainable all-electric people’s car for the time being.

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