Volkswagen has announced plans to auction off its very first 2015 all-electric e-Golf hatchback online ahead of the car’s official on-sale date in the United States later this year. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit organization which looks to advance smart solutions to climate change in order to protect the planet.
The 2015 e-Golf is the first fully-electric Volkswagen model ever. VW says the car is part of a new structured powertrain strategy that looks to introduce more new and highly-efficient drive systems and is also part of its ‘Think Blue’ sustainability campaign. The e-Golf uses a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor producing 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. That setup enables the fully-electric e-Golf a range of up to 83 miles and Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe) of 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined.
“We’re excited to mark the launch of our first all-electric car with an auction that raises funds and awareness for Global Green USA’s groundbreaking work to bring smart, sustainable solutions to communities nationwide,” Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group America said in a statement. “The auction is now live for the public to support an important cause and to be the first proud new owner of the brand’s first electric vehicle in the U.S.”
If you’re interested in owning the first e-Golf in the United States, check out the auction here. The car will officially go on sale in the US in November with a starting price of $35,445 for the top-of-the-line SLE trim.
Update: the auction closed at $41,000.