Volkswagen has presented a new, longer-range version of its e-Golf at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Along with the stylistic improvements, the car gets a boost in battery capacity, which significantly extended its range.
The range of the new e-Golf has been boosted by about 50%, from 83 miles (134km) of travel on a single charge in the current version to huge 124 miles (200km) miles in new one. To achieve that, Volkswagen has replaced the old 24.2 kWh battery pack by a bigger 35.8 kWh. That matches the range of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, but it still stays behind Chevrolet’s Bolt, which is about to go on sale with a declared 238 miles (383 km) on a single charge. However, the new e-Golf exceeds the ratings for this year’s BMW i3 (114 miles) and Nissan Leaf (107 miles).
The new e-Golf will also feature a 7.2 kW on-board charger, which will be available as standard on selected trim levels. It can recharge the battery in six hours at the standard charging station. The company also offers the option of DC Fast Charging which can charge the battery up to 80% in as little as an hour at a DC fast-charging station.
The 2017 VW e-Golf also gets a power upgrade. The electric motor now delivers 134hp (100 kw), 19hp more than the current model. Peak torque has been increased as well, from 199 to 214 lb-ft, which helps the e-Golf accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.6 seconds. That’s a more than a second faster than its predecessor, while the top speed is increased to 93mph (150km/h).
Visually the e-Golf also received the same updates as the standard Golf. Which means it features updated front and rear, and the new generation of infotainment systems with gesture control. Online ‘e-remote’ services are standard too, which lets owners set air-con remotely and stop/start electric charging as well. Volkswagen equipped the e-Golf with numerous safety systems such as the forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and parking assist.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is expected to go on sale in early 2017, at selected dealers only in certain states.