The Volkswagen e-Golf will make its word debut on September 10 at the Frankfurt motor show, with the electric production car promising a range of 190km.
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Powered by an 85kW/270Nm electric motor teamed with a 24.2kWh lithium-ion battery, the front-wheel-drive Volkswagen e-Golf claims 0-100km/h in 10.4 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 140km/h.

The Golf EV’s range of 190km is nine kilometres short of the best figures claimed for the newly updated Nissan Leaf.

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Volkswagen says two efficient driving modes – Eco and Eco+ – and four regenerative braking modes – D1, D2, D3 and B – help to extend the e-Golf’s maximum driving range.

According to the manufacturer, the e-Golf can be charged to 80 per cent of capacity in around 30 minutes via a direct current charging station.

Including Volkswagen’s first-time use of LED headlights, the e-Golf will come standard with LED daytime running lights, climate control, a “radio-navigation system” and a heated windscreen. The electric model is also differentiated by a unique front bumper, a new wheel design and a thin blue strip running the width of the front grille and into the headlights – mirroring the red strip of the Golf GTI.

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Joining the Golf-based electric car in Frankfurt will also be the Volkswagen e-Up!, first seen in March this year at the brand’s annual press and investor conference held at the German car maker's headquarters in Wolfsburg.

The four-seat e-Up! pairs an electric motor with an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery for a total output of 60kW and 210Nm. It claims 0-100km/h in 12.4 seconds, a top speed of 130km/h and a single-charge range of 160km.

Volkswagen is yet to announce release dates of the two production EVs, saying only that it has already sketched out a schedule for the future of its alternative drive systems, including hybrid, electric and hydrogen-based systems, with realistic timelines for model introductions planned.