The e-Golf can now travel 124 miles (200 kilometres) per charge, up from 83 miles (134 km) for the current car.
Following on the footsteps of the introduction of the refreshed Golf, Volkswagen is using the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce the updated e-Golf electric car, which is also making its way to Canada for the first time next year. It’s got more power, a longer driving range, and more equipment.
Significantly, the car’s lithium-ion battery pack grows from 24.2 kilowatt-hours to 35.8 kWh, so the e-Golf’s driving range grows from 83 to 124 miles (134 to 200 kilometres). With a 7.2-kW on-board charger, VW says the e-Golf can be fully recharged in less than six hours at a Level 2 charging station.
The e-Golf’s electric motor has also been upgraded, and now makes 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, up from the current model’s 115 hp and 199 lb-ft. VW says that drops the car’s 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometres per hour) time by over a second, to 9.6 seconds. Its top speed rises by 6 mph (10 km/h) to 93 mph (150 km/h).
As with other versions of the Golf, the 2017 e-Golf receives a visual freshening that includes new fascias and some interior revisions. The head- and taillights are LEDs, and there’s a thin blue grille strip to help denote the e-Golf’s electric powertrain.
The new battery pack helps the 2017 VW e-Golf stack up much more closely with other similarly priced electric cars in terms of driving range.
Revisions inside include the addition of the new Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3-inch colour screen in place of traditional instruments. The 2017 e-Golf can also be equipped with the new Discover Pro infotainment system, a 9.2-inch touchscreen that has gesture controls, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The electric hatchback’s pre-collision warning and braking systems also add pedestrian detection. The new Driver Assistance package for the e-Golf SEL Premium now features the aforementioned Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and self-parking.
The new battery pack helps the 2017 VW e-Golf stack up much more closely with other similarly priced electric cars in terms of driving range. The 2017 Nissan Leaf, for instance, is rated at a 107-mile (172-kilometre) driving range, and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is expected to be rated at 124 miles (200 km) of battery range. But the Chevy Bolt EV should beat all of those, with an expected 200-mile (322-km) range on a single charge.
Pricing for the 2017 e-Golf hasn’t been confirmed, but the 2016 model runs from $29,815 - $36,415 (approx. $40,000 - $49,000 CAD), before any tax incentives.