First U.S. Volkswagen e-Golf Sells for $41,000 at Charity Auction, Heads to VW Fan in Oregon

A few weeks ago, we told you about two separate green-themed charity auctions taking place in the U.S. One was a $100-per-ticket California-only charity raffle for the chance to win a $70,000+ Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan when it launches in the U.S. next year. The other was a straight-forward charity auction to become the owner of the very first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf to be sold in the U.S.

The e-Golf is now being delivered in its launch market areas.

The e-Golf is now being delivered in its launch market areas.

And while Toyota’s raffle — which embarrassingly sold just 148 raffle tickets out of a supposed allocation of nearly 1,000 tickets — has quietly ended a long way short of its aimed fundraising goals, Volkswagen’s auction was a complete success, with the first 2015 e-Golf won for an end price of $41,000, significantly higher than its $36,265 list price.

The winning bidder, long-time Volkswagen fan Bruce Oberg from Oregon, will take ownership of his new car this Friday at an Oregon Volkswagen dealership.

“I love driving EVs,” said Oberg in an official statement released by Volkswagen yesterday. “I have enjoyed owning Volkswagens all my life, and I can’t wait to experience the e-Golf for myself.”

The proceeds of the auction will go registered charity Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit dedicated to advancing smart solutions to climate change through projects involving affordable housing, schools, neighbourhoods and cities, rebuilding communities that have suffered from the impacts of climate change. Talking of the charity, Oberg said he was “pleased to support Global Green USA’s work to build a more sustainable future.”

The very first e-Golf to be delivered in the U.S. is finished in this special shade of blue.

The very first e-Golf to be delivered in the U.S. is finished in this special shade of blue.

Finished in a special shade of blue paint designed specifically for the e-Golf, Oberg’s new electric car is — like all other e-Golfs that will be sold in the U.S. — finished to fully-loaded SEL specification. That includes a 7.2 kilowatt on-board charger as standard, CCS DC quick charging capability, and LED headlights. The e-Golf is rated by the EPA as having a range of 83 miles per charge at an average fuel economy of 116 MPGe. Costing roughly the same as a high-end Nissan LEAF SL, the e-Golf is also evenly matched when it comes to interior volume, practicality, and functionality.

Deliveries of the e-Golf will start in earnest this month, with initial sales restricted to launch markets in California, Oregon, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

Congratulations to Bruce Oberg, and here’s to many more e-Golfs selling in the coming months and years.

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