By on August 7, 2015

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf 3

A lower priced e-Golf will directly compete with the Nissan Leaf for sub-$30,000 electric car buyers, the automaker announced Wednesday.

The e-Golf SE will start at $29,815, before federal and any available state incentives, which is nearly the same price as a Leaf S, Autoblog correctly pointed out. The e-Golf has a range of around 83 miles.

The Leaf has sold nearly 11,000 copies since the beginning of 2015.

The SE trim will have a smaller, 6.5-inch touchscreen, compared to the SEL’s 8-inch model. Additionally, the e-Golf SE will only have a 3.6 kW onboard charger as standard. A 7.2 kW DC fast charger will be available later in the year for the model.

The Leaf S has an available quick charge package that boosts capacity to 6.6 kW for $1,770.

The Golf SE should be arriving in dealerships later this month, Volkswagen said.

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12 Comments on “Volkswagen Selling e-Golf SE in August, Targets Nissan Leaf...”

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    I didn’t know Nissan was moving so many Leafs. Cool.

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      Entirely believable around here.

      I have two neighbors with Leafs within a block.

      I recently went to look at a used car (which turned out to be good mechanically but a pile of junk cosmetically) at a Nissan dealer near where I live in the Seattle area. The lot was plastered with Leafs. I mentioned that to the salesman and he said “Oh yeah, we’re the #1 volume Leaf dealership in the whole country. We love ’em.”

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      They sold a gazillion of them here in Georgia while we had a tax rebate applied to electric cars (last couple of years, ended recently).

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    SCE to AUX

    The eGolf is a compliance car which is only available in a few states.

    Until it’s available nationwide, it won’t threaten the Leaf at all.

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    A 7.2 kW DC charger? Why bother? DC charging should be at least 15 kW.

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    The final paragraphs about charging need a rewrite.

    I think what Aaron is trying to say is: “Just as the strippo Nissan Leaf S trim comes standard with a 3.3 kW AC charger but offers an option package that bundles a 6.6 kW AC charger and a CHAdeMO DC quick charge connector, the strippo VW eGolf SE trim comes standard with a 3.6 kW AC charger but offers and option package that bundles a 7.2 kW AC charger with an SAE Combo DC quick charge connector.”

    (Quick charge = DC, not AC = 40-60kW, not 7.2.)

  • avatar

    Finally coil-pack replacements are a thing of the past! :-)

  • avatar

    Or, you could spend $10,000 or so more on an A3 e-tron sporbackslack eco.

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