Volkswagen’s new e-Golf, with a larger battery pack and longer range, is now available for order in Europe, and will go on sale in the US later this spring. Prices start at €35,900 ($38,000) in Germany. US pricing is yet to be announced.
The e-Golf’s battery capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. EPA-estimated range is 125 miles, a 50% increase over the previous model year. The motor has been upgraded as well, from 85 kW to 100 kW. Maximum torque is 214 lb-ft, and 0-60 time is 9.6 seconds.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 119 MPGe combined (28 kWh/100 miles), making it the second-most efficient EV on the US market, after the new Hyundai Ioniq Electric.
The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims. DC Fast Charging is optional on SE, and standard on SEL Premium.
An electrical heating unit, and an optional heat pump that recovers lost heat from the power unit components, are designed to reduce electrical consumption and improve driving range. A remote control app allows the cabin to be conditioned during charging.
Source: VW via Green Car Congress