Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf has raised $41,400, with proceeds benefiting the national environmental non-profit Global Green USA and its efforts to advance smart solutions to climate change.
The winner of the auction, which ran from October 8–29 on CharityBuzz.com, became the first U.S. driver to own Volkswagen’s all-new, fully-electric vehicle.
A long-time EV driver and Volkswagen fan, Bruce Oberg placed the winning bid, to claim America’s first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.
“I am pleased to support Global Green USA’s work to build a more sustainable future, and am thrilled that I get to take home one of the first Volkswagen all-electric vehicles,” said Oberg. “I love driving EVs, I have enjoyed owning Volkswagens all my life, and I cannot wait to experience the e-Golf for myself.”
Introduced as part of Volkswagen’s powertrain strategy to offer highly efficient driving systems and as part of the company’s Think Blue. sustainability initiative, the all-new e-Golf is Volkswagen’s first fully-electric vehicle, operating solely on an ultra-efficient 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. It produces zero tailpipe emissions, and requires zero trips to the pump.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently rated the 2015 e-Golf , at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined MPGe, making the e-Golf the most efficient car in the compact EV class as determined by the EPA.
The e-Golf electric motor produces 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. With a 7.2 kW onboard charger and DC fast charging capabilities standard, the versatile electric vehicle will offer one of the largest interiors in its class. The new model combines the environmental and practical benefits of an electric vehicle with the fun-to-drive design of the Golf family, which is underpinned by the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) architecture.
Volkswagen provides a holistic e-mobility experience to all e-Golf owners and has invested in carbon reduction projects that help offset the emissions created during the production, distribution, and use of the vehicle for the first 36,000 miles of driving. Available charging solutions from Bosch and Chargepoint, along with a new Roadside Assistance program and VW Car-Net mobile app with e-Golf features, are designed to make owning the e-Golf a thoroughly reassuring, rewarding and enjoyable experience. Extra peace of mind comes with an eight year/100,000 mile battery.
The 2015 e-Golf will be available through participating VW dealerships later this month in the initial launch states including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C. Pricing starts at $35,445 for the fully equipped SEL Premium model.