Jun 21, 2019

What we're driving: Volkswagen e-Golf

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I'm driving the Volkswagen e-Golf, and perhaps just for sentimental reasons, since it's about to become obsolete.

The big picture: The e-Golf will go away once a wave of new electric models from VW hits, starting next year. VW plans 70 electric vehicles across all its brands by 2028 — a total of 22 million EVs worldwide. It's the automaker's way of finally putting the past behind it after a devastating diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The e-Golf is no Tesla, with a range of just 125 miles, half that of a Tesla Model 3. But neither does it carry the Model 3's $41,000–$61,000 price tag.

  • The e-Golf starts at $31,895. The SEL Premium model I'm driving is $39,790.

Driver-assistance features come standard on higher-priced trims; optional on others. These include VW's Front Assist system combining forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, plus lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

More important, it's a hoot to drive. Put an electric powertrain in one of the world's most popular hatchbacks and there's just more to love. It's a great city car, but because of its range limitations, I wouldn't recommend it for a road trip.

The bottom line: The eGolf is an appetizer for what's to come from VW.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Wisconsin's Supreme Court on Monday blocked an executive order by Gov. Tony Evers (D) that attempted to delay in-person voting for the state's primary election — currently scheduled for Tuesday — until June 9.

Driving the news: Judges ruled 4-2 along ideological lines that Evers does not have the power as governor to unilaterally postpone the election, despite the fact that the state has a stay-at-home order in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  3. 2020 update: Wisconsin governor orders in-person primary voting delayed until June.
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Stocks jump 7% despite bleak coronavirus projections

People passing by the New York Stock Exchange amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The S&P 500 closed up 7% on Monday, while the Dow rose more than 1,500 points.

Why it matters: The huge market surge comes amid rare optimistic signs that the spread of the coronavirus may be slowing in parts of the country, including New York. But government officials say this will be a difficult week, while economists — including former Fed chair Janet Yellen today — warn that the pandemic could have a catastrophic impact on the global economy.