Volkswagen has announced it's adding a less-expensive version of its all-electric e-Golf compact hatchback EV to the lineup: the e-Golf Limited Edition. It will sticker at $34,270 (including an $820 destination fee), almost $2,000 less than the higher-spec SEL trim level. It will be available for lease at $229 per month, according to the company.
Like the SEL trim, the e-Golf Limited Edition will feature a 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, standard DC fast charger system, an 83-mile range and a host of standard features like navigation, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, an electrically heated windshield, rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. It will differ from the current e-Golf in that it will feature 16-inch steel wheels instead of aluminum ones, halogen headlamps instead of LED lights, cloth seats instead of faux leather and the deletion of a heat-pump system meant to speed cabin warmth on cold days.
These minor de-contenting changes should help the car find a few more buyers as it becomes more widely available, but one has to wonder what these changes might do to the car's practical energy usage - LED headlamps consume less energy than incandescent halogen ones, and the lack of a heat pump could reduce the car's cold-weather range considerably. When the e-Golf was first released, VW said that adding the heat pump increased the e-Golf's winter range by nearly 20 percent, so eliminating it might be best suited to warm-weather climates.