The winner — Bruce Oberg — is a long-time EV driver and Volkswagen fan. By winning the auction, he has become the first U.S. driver to own VW’s all-new, fully-electric vehicle, having picked up his e-Golf from a dealer in Oregon on Friday, November 7th.
“I am pleased to support Global Green USA’s work to build a more sustainable future, and am thrilled that I get to take home one of the first Volkswagen all-electric vehicles,” said Oberg. “I am pleased to support Global Green USA’s work to build a more sustainable future, and am thrilled that I get to take home one of the first Volkswagen all-electric vehicles,” said Oberg. “I love driving EVs, I have enjoyed owning Volkswagens all my life, and I cannot wait to experience the e-Golf for myself.”
The proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the national environmental non-profit Global Green USA and its efforts to advance smart solutions to climate change. To note, the 2015 e-Golf starts at $35,445, while the auction closed at $41,000.
“Volkswagen’s commitment to e-mobility and sustainability runs deep. We could not be more proud that the e-Golf has helped raise money to benefit the efforts of Global Green USA, an organization that shares in our dedication to the environment,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As the auction winner takes home VW’s first fully electric vehicle, we are eager to invite more consumers to the brand as our fun-to-drive, yet practical EV goes on sale.”
Based on the all-new, global, seventh-generation Golf, the fully-electric e-Golf has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe), with a range of up to 83 miles, making it the most efficient car in its class for the 2015 model year.