The VW Golf blue-e-motion electric car isn't scheduled to go on sale for three years, but we got an exclusive first drive in it on the recent Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London.
The 57-mile route took in every type of road, from crowded city centre traffic in central London through to leafy country lanes, although higher-speed motorway driving was limited.
Looks like a normal Golf?
Visually, the electric Golf is barely different to the standard car. There's a little less boot space because of the battery pack, a couple of different dials to reflect charge levels and – most notably – two paddles behind the steering wheel, which can adjust the level of automatic brake regeneration.
The Golf is powered by lithium-ion batteries and has an electric motor with a peak power output of 113bhp – providing a range of around 100 miles in normal conditions. It can reach a top speed of 86mph and accelerate from 0-62 mph in 11.8 seconds. That's enough for everyday driving, and its instant torque can even spin the wheels, if you must.
The car has regenerative braking that can activate when the accelerator is released and during the initial travel of the brake pedal. This reduces the amount of energy that would otherwise be wasted during driving.
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