Walking through the Volkswagen stand at the Los Angeles Auto Show, you would have seen quite a few 2015 Volkswagen Golf models.
But a blue one over in the corner was more special than it may have looked: It was the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, the battery-electric version of the all-new seventh generation of VW's five-door hatchback, now entering its 40th year of production.
The new Golf line will arrive in U.S. dealers toward the middle of next year, once the company has set up and tested a new production line for gasoline and diesel models in Mexico.
But the electric Golf will be supplied to the U.S. from Germany, and will lag the conventional models by six months or more.
VW plans to offer the car "only at participating dealers in select states," and it will arrive roughly a year from now, in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The company released all the specifications of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf two weeks ago.
The electric Golf is powered by a liquid-cooled 24.2-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack located in the floor, under the front and rear seats, and in the tunnel down the middle of the car.
Its front wheels are driven by an 86-kilowatt (115-horsepower) electric motor that produces 199 lb-ft of torque.
VW quotes acceleration of10.4 seconds for the 0-to-60-mph dash; the e-Golf's speed is limited electronically to a maximum of 87 mph.
While the car hasn't yet been rated by the EPA, Volkswagen says it can do 70 to 90 miles, depending on driving conditions and style.
VW uses a slightly higher-rated onboard charger, at 7.2 kW, than the 6.6-kW standard used on the Nissan Leaf. At that rate, the battery can be completely recharged in 4 to 5 hours.
Using conventional 120-Volt household current, though, would take roughly 20 hours.
And VW will also offer DC fast charging, using the new Combined Charging System (CCS) standard, for which today there are just a handful of U.S. charging stations.
The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show closed yesterday afternoon.