German carmaker Volkswagen was one of the winners last month, seeing a 22 percent sales increase in December. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
Volkswagen debuted the 2015 eGolf, its first U.S. electric vehicle, on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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Joining three other high-profile electric cars at the show, the 2015 Volkswagen eGolf is part of the host of plug-in vehicles from carmakers complying with growing pollution standards.
The new vehicle and other highlights from the show can also be seen here.
The eGolf will be sold in select states by late next year. While the brand has not yet announced pricing, the L.A. Times report estimated that the car will likely be eligible for state and federal buyer incentives of as much as $10,000.
"We see the eGolf as part of our overall objective by 2018 to see 3 percent of vehicles sales be electric vehicles," Jonathan Browning, VW's chief executive, told the L.A. Times in an interview. "We're rounding out our portfolio of regular gas, diesel, hybrid and now electric vehicles."
Three other electric cars touted at this week's auto show were the Cadillac ELR from General Motors; i3 battery electric from BMW and the Audi A3 e-tron from VW's luxury division, Audi.
Electric cars will be key in California, where state pollution standards basically require production of cars with no tailpipe emissions.
The eGolf's driving range and charging time will be comparable to other plug-in vehicles. The car's driving range on a full charge is between 70 and 90 miles, and it takes less than four hours to charge on a 220-volt charging station, according to VW.
With three driving modes--Normal, Eco and Eco+--the eGolf offers tradeoff options as to performance and range, although VW hasn't specified how much driving range will be affected by reduced horsepower and other factors.
The eGolf won't have a tailpipe, keeping with the growing requirements for eco-friendly vehicles. It will feature a braking system that takes energy from friction to recharge the car's battery, energy-efficient LED lighting and 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels.