The all-new 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf EV has taken the top spot among compact electric vehicles for efficiency, according to the EPA. Under the agency's Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent formula (MPGe), the e-Golf earned a rating of 126 city/105 highway for a combined MPGe of 116. VW says the 2015 e-Golf has a range of 83 miles.

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The first all-electric vehicle from the German automaker comes with a 7.2 kW onboard charger as standard equipment, the EV can be recharged in three ways: 240 volts, which can take less than 4 hours, 110/120 volt, which can take up to 20 hours, or through the SAE standard Combined Charging System (CCS) with fast charging that can bring the lithium ion battery up to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

The e-Golf, which goes on sale in November in select states, starts at $35,445 (plus $820 destination and handling) and comes in an SEL Premium package that includes touchscreen navigation, leather wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and LED headlamps.

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