First VW E-Golf Sold at Auction to Benefit Charity

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Volkswagen of America has auctioned off its first all-electric e-Golf hatchback. Clearly this car is green in more ways than one; it raised $41,400 for charity.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit focused on developing smart solutions to climate change. The auction ran from October 8 to 29 on the website CharityBuzz.com. The winner will be the first driver in the U.S. to own a 2015 e-Golf.

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Appropriately the car was sold to an electric-vehicle enthusiast and VW aficionado. This electrified hatchback should satiate both of his interests. The car features a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery. It powers an electric motor that delivers 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque; this car should be squeaky clean and fun to drive.

On the economy front the e- Golf stickers at 126 MPGe in the city and 105 on highway jaunts. Combined its mile-per-gallon equivalent should average 116. The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf will launch at select dealers in certain states. Base price is about $36,000.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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