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VW to Let You Charge Your e-Golf with Just the Power of the Sun

2015_e-golf_3916Earlier this summer, Volkswagen announced the arrival of the e-Golf, an all-electric version of the popular Golf model. This made Volkswagen the only car manufacturer in the U.S. to offer the same model in both diesel and electric versions, a huge milestone for the green-vehicle movement. However, VW isn’t stopping there –the automaker announced that the e-Golf will be offered alongside an all-solar charging station, meaning that even when you plug it in, it will be saving you money and energy.

VW has partnered with SunPower, one of the largest solar-power manufacturers in the country, to develop the at-home solar charging station. The station works by drawing energy from rooftop solar panels and storing it internally for future use. When you plug in your e-Golf, it will automatically pull from this store of solar energy, meaning you can charge up your car without also charging up your electric bills, saving even more than you would by just forgoing gas fuel. As prices for alternative energy sources continue to fall, buyers can expect to save progressively more as time goes on.

Pricing and availability information isn’t available just yet, as the system is still in its final testing phase. However, it’s expected to be available in early 2015, shortly after the e-Golf itself begins to appear in dealer showrooms. The e-Golf itself will be powered by a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and comes with a 7.2-kW onboard charger that should charge to full in about 20 hours via a standard power outlet, but can be charged in as little as 30 minutes if charged through a CCS/SAE combo socket. It retains the classic Golf design and will offer a roomier interior and more traditional look that is still uncommon in all-electric vehicles.

Stay tuned for more information on this cutting-edge eco-tech as it becomes available. For information about this and all Volkswagen vehicles, visit our Merrimack, NH Volkswagen dealership today!

Hyundai, Honda Named the Top Two ‘Greenest Automakers’ by UCS; Nissan and Volkswagen Make Top Five

Sonata Hybrid

Since 1998, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has periodically published its “Greenest Automaker” report, analyzing the eight biggest automakers in the United States based on factors like fuel economy and emissions. For the first 14 years, Honda sat atop the rankings, but the UCS’ most recent study found that another automaker is now the most eco-friendly: Hyundai-Kia.

Hyundai leapfrogged Honda to become the “Greenest Automaker” in the U.S., mainly because of two factors: decreasing the size of its engines and adding turbocharged options to the mix, and offering an electric-hybrid version of the Hyundai Sonata. Honda, meanwhile, was able to remain in the top two, reaffirming its place among the fuel-efficient elite.

“Honda continues to lead the way in many vehicle classes, but it’s started to lag the industry average in its midsize fleet – which includes its best-selling Accord, and accounts for a quarter of the company’s sales,” Dave Cooke, a vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles Program and the author of the report. “As Hyundai-Kia works to further improve fuel economy and electrify its fleet, Honda will need to step up its game if it wants to take back the crown.”

Nissan and Volkswagen managed to crack the top five as well, coming in a three-way tie with Toyota, while Ford earned the best rating of any of the American-based manufacturers. The report lauded Ford for making turbocharged engines available with most of its new model lineup, including the F-150.

The authors of the report looked at a number of factors – including fuel economy, tailpipe emissions and new technologies – to determine their rankings. Since 2000, the eight automakers have managed to reduce tailpipe emissions by 87 percent, and for the first time ever, they all achieved decreases in average carbon and smog-forming emissions compared to average levels in 2000.

Spotlight: Iconic Volkswagen Golf Receives Complete Makeover for the 2015 Lineup

2015 VW Golf TDI

In Volkswagen’s lineup of iconic models, none stands out more than the Golf, which celebrated its 40th anniversary back in March.

As VW’s best-selling model ever, the automaker has always used the Golf to introduce new concepts and technologies to the market, such as the e-Golf, which is making history as America’s first-ever completely electric vehicle. Volkswagen is also planning to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid to the U.S. in the near future.

Volkswagen plans to keep the movement rolling in 2015 with a complete makeover to the entire Golf family. Let’s take a look at what changes we can expect to see to the all-new 2015 Golf.

VW Golf interior (2)


The seventh-generation VW Golf will be available with either two or four doors and will be the first Volkswagen model in the U.S. to feature the automaker’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) design platform. Inside, you’ll find a now-standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration and a number of safety technologies.

As far as the powertrain is concerned, the 2015 Golf will have two options: a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine offering a 6 mpg increase over the outgoing option; and the completely new 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection TDI Clean Diesel engine, nicknamed E288, which will offer a 10-horsepower boost, better fuel economy and let out fewer emissions.

Golf GTI
Although it will be lighter and more efficient than the outgoing version, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI will come with an increase in power and provide owners with more trunk space than any other member of the midsize Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel Enginesedan segment. With the aforementioned 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel engine, the 2015 Golf GTI will achieve increases of 10 hp and 51 pound-feet of torque when compared to the previous model.

And when it comes to comfort and convenience, the all-new Golf GTI takes it to another level. In addition to the standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center, the Golf GTI comes with VW’s Car-Net connected services, Fender’s premium audio system and Climatronic automatic air conditioning.

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