Volkswagen e-Golf making North American debut at L.A. auto show

Volkswagen will use next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show to mark the North American debut of the all-electric e-Golf.

Although the e-Golf first made its appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, it will be the first fully electric vehicle Volkswagen will sell in North America. It hasn’t been confirmed for Canada just yet, but Volkswagen will begin selling the e-Golf in “select states” south of the border near the end of 2014.

It doesn’t look much different than the standard, seventh-generation Golf — unique LED headlights and DRLs, and 16-inch wheels tweaked for optimal aerodynamics being the biggest visual changes — but the differences understandably lie beneath the sheet metal. Its electric powertrain pumps out a total of 115 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. Volkswagen says the e-Golf sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds before topping out an an electronically-limited 140 km/h.

Volkswagen says the e-Golf can eke out a range of anywhere between 70 to 80 miles, or 112 to 144 km, depending on your driving style. The lithium-ion battery, which makes up for 358 kg of the e-Golf’s 1,401 kg curb weight, can be fully recharged in a hair under four hours via a 220-volt outlet. A standard 110-volt socket, meanwhile, fully recharges the e-Golf in 20 hours.

Keep an eye on Driving for the latest from the floor of the L.A. auto show, which opens its doors exactly one week from today.

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