Last units of VW e-Golf reach USA customers in 2021

VW announced that in the first quarter of 2021, it sold 22 units of the now discontinued VW e-Golf in USA, which are left over units of the 2020 manufactured e-Golf electric hatchback which has found a place in history. Compared to 2020, this is a 94 percent drop in sales indicating that unsold inventory is being picked up by business customers or fleet operators.

VW USA Q1 2021 sales (1)

The last VW e-Golf rolled off the production line at the Gläserne Manufaktur (Transparent Factory) in Dresden, Germany on December 23, 2020, and prior to that, reports had emerged in the USA that VW will not continue selling the e-Golf for 2021 as it focuses on the ID.4. The e-Golf was manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany as well, until summer 2020.

The e-Golf had its best year in the USA in 2019 with over 4,860 units sold. Volkswagen launched the e-Golf in 2014, initially making it in Wolfsburg. US sales started from 2015. It was in March 2017 when it started producing it in Dresden, to meet the high demand. In all, the company produced 1,45,561 units in a period of more than seven years. The Dresden facility rolled out 50,401 of these units.

Video Source: Glaeserne Manufaktur

With the VW e-Golf phased out, the Transparent Factory in Dresden will serve as another production site for the VW ID.3, from the end of January 2021. Volkswagen plans to reconstruct the production area of the plant for three weeks before it starts building the ID.3. It will be shifting focus to the ID brand to meet its internal electric car targets (1.5 million electric cars annually by 2025) and the ID.3 is viewed as the Electric Golf’s successor in Europe.

The VW e-Golf was introduced in 2014 and received a facelift in 2017, and packs a 35.8 kWh battery that powers a 100 kW (136 PS)/290 Nm electric motor with a range of up to 300 km per charge (WLTP). The battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 45 minutes with a 40 kW DC charger and comes with a 8 years/160,000 km warranty. A full charge with a regular 3.6 kW charger takes 10 hours and 50 minutes. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 150 km/h.

VW USA q4 2020 sales charts (1)

Standard features on the e-Golf include 16-inch alloy wheels (“Astana”), LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, 9.2-inch Discover Pro flagship infotainment system, Air Care Climatronic two-zone automatic air conditioning system and heated windscreen. Optional features include Active Info Display that instructs the driver to ease off the accelerator pedal whenever it feels there’s no need for additional power and a heat pump that optimises the car’s range in cold weather conditions by up to 30 per cent.

According to a study by CompareTheMarket, the e-Golf had the strongest residual market in the electric car market with an average depreciation of 25.1 percent after a 3 year period. It nudged past the Tesla Model S 75 which came in second with 26.7 percent depreciation, even as rivals like the Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul lost over 50 percent of their value in the same period.