EXPECT to see more Zipcar electric Golfs around London.
The car sharing company has just put in an order for 325 VW e-Golfs.
The deal extends the relationship between Zipcar and Volkswagen which started in 2016. This has seen plenty of London Zipcar users get behind the wheel of the petrol-electric Golf GTE or internal combustion-engined Polo.
What’s more drivers of the e-Golf, which had a model update in 2017, can now expect to travel a realistic 124 miles before requiring to recharge the battery. The e-Golf’s official figure is 186 miles (NEDC).
With power up by 15 kW to 100 kW, and torque up 20 Nm to 290 Nm, the updated e-Golf can zap to 62 mph in just 9.6 seconds. It also features a new lithium-ion battery with energy capacity increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh.
The VW e-Golf Zipcar fleet, which comes on stream this summer, will form part of the new Zipcar Flex service.
This allows members to ‘drive and drop’ cars in one-way trips around the capital. Booking is completed either online or through the Zipcar smartphone app.
Alison Jones, Director of Volkswagen UK, said: “This is an exciting step for Volkswagen. Thousands of Zipcar members will experience electric driving, perhaps for the first time, and we know they will love the functionality and ease of use that the all-electric e-Golf provides.”