Finally, the e-Golf offers a Sailing function. When the driver’s foot comes off the accelerator pedal, the engine is declutched, allowing the vehicle to coast and roll over a longer distance. When the brake, accelerator or gear selector lever is operated, the clutch is re-engaged and engine braking or drive takes effect. That saves even more energy.
No Sacrifice on Comfort
NONE OF THE ADDITIONS on the e-Golf came with subtractions. Inside, there’s the same spacious interior and premium materials— but there are also more cues to let you know this is a new kind of Golf.
The e-Golf’s information display keeps you up-to-date with real-time data about range, battery capacity, recuperation and more. And, perhaps most important for Canadians used to the challenges of winter driving, the e-Golf’s new intelligent heating system uses energy exactly where it is needed to ensure comfort and safety for all passengers.
In fact, the e-Golf is more than ready, willing and able to tackle the sometimes frigid Canadian climate, with standard heated seats, a standard heated windshield—the e-Golf is the only electric car in Canada with this feature, which is far more energy efficient than a traditional fan and blower—the new e-Manager, which can pre-heat your Golf before you head out using power from the mains and not your battery, and a standard heat pump, which allows heat from the outside air and the heat produced by the drive components to heat the interior. As a result, less battery power is required by the electrical high-voltage heater, reducing energy consumption. In fact, the range of the e-Golf with a heat pump is 30% greater than without one.
The future of mobility is about maximum efficiency and innovation—not losing control of the driving experience or making it bland and formulaic. It’s about creating vehicles that interact with the road as well as they do with the environment. It’s really about abandoning nothing—except emissions—in pursuit of cars that can achieve everything we expect of them.