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Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Volkswagen e-Golf For Sale In Germany, Price Of €34,900 Almost Same As BMW i3

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February 20th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan
An electric version of one of the most successful cars of all time, the Volkswagen e-Golf, has just gone on sale in Germany. As you can see in the title, the all-important starting price is €34,900. Compare that to a price of €26,900 for the Volkswagen e-Up!, €18,910 (+ battery rental) for the 2013-market-leading Smart Electric Drive, €21,700 for the Renault Zoe, €23,790 for the Nissan Leaf,  and €34,950 for the BMW i3. Well… I think the e-Golf will have trouble competing with these other electric cars at that price, but perhaps I’m wrong. Here’s more info from EV Obsession:

VW e-Golf Now Available In Germany — Price = €34,900 (via EV Obsession)

The VW Golf is the most-sold European car in history, and now there’s an electric version of it. The VW e-Golf, unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November, has just been made commercially available in Germany. The starting price is €34,900 (~$47,…

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  • Green Globe

    The VW Golf is my favorite car and I’m a current VW owner. I love the hatchback look of the Golf/Rabbit/GTI. Too bad the eGolf’s range won’t work for me and the price is too high. You don’t get a ‘bang’ for your ‘buck’ with this particular EV. It might make a really good city/short driving range car. Looks like I’ll be buying a gasoline Golf in 2015 or 2016 instead. Bummer.

  • JamesWimberley

    Why aren’t VW following Renault/Nissan’s crucial marketing decision of battery leasing? Germans may prefer to buy for cultural reasons, but very many customers elsewhere will prefer EV leasing as it allows a more realistic comparison with ICEVs, and protects the buyer from the high risk of technological obsolescence.

    • No way

      I’ve never heard anyone wanting to lease the battery. I’ve only heard people irritated that you can’t actually buy the Renault EV’s. Zoe would be a big hit if you could buy it.

    • Ross

      People seem to have more of a problem with leasing the battery than the whole car.

  • Ross

    On it is about €3,000 more than the GTi and GTD. So if and when they sell it in Ireland it will probably be north of €40k.

    Conclusion. Nissan serious. Volkswagen still monkeying around.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Yeah, at first I thought it was serious since it was electrifying the Golf, then I compared the prices…

    • No way

      So in other words the e-Golf is cheaper than the GTi and GTD in total cost. Should make for a lot of sales when it’s a financially sound option too.

      • Ross

        The basic Nissan Leaf is cheaper to buy than the basic Golf & cheaper to run. VAG have more to do.

        • No way

          And the Tata electric is cheaper and the Tesla is more expensive…what’s your point? People who buy Volkswagen rarely look at Nissans so the Leaf price isn’t really interesting.

  • no

    130 and 190 kilometers (81 and 188 miles) . should be 118 miles

  • SirSparks

    “Depending on the nature of the route, driving style and load, the range is between 130 and 190 kilometers (81 and 188 miles).”
    Something wrong with the conversion math here, no way 190 Km is 188 miles.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Hmm, yeah, didn’t notice that. I’ll edit the quote to just remove those bits.

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