VW Earns 50 Percent Range Increase EPA Estimate for 2017 e-Golf

Volkswagen of America has gained a 50 percent increase in estimated range by the Environmental Protection Agency for the 2017 e-Golf.

The revised e-Golf now has the ability to go 125 miles on a single charge, up from 83 miles previously. A new lithium-ion battery promises longer range – at 35.8 kWh in the 2017 model year version, up from 24.2 kWh.

VW said in its release that improved battery chemistry helped improve fuel economy with 126 MPGe in city driving, 111 MPGe in highway driving and 119 MPGe combined. That’s an improvement over 126/105/116 respectively in comparable ratings for the 2016 model in EPA ratings.

It’s also best in class for fuel economy in the Compact Class, as defined by the EPA.

VW also gets to brag about fuel cost savings earned. Using 13 cents per kilowatt-hour as the benchmark, the EPA reported that the 2017 e-Golf has an estimated annual fuel cost of just $550.

The new e-Golf, which goes on sale in the U.S. this spring, will also offer a lot more power. Its electric motor has been upgraded from 85 kW to 100 kW; that means horsepower will leap from 115 horsepower on the 2016 model up to 134 horsepower on the 2017 e-Golf.

Torque is getting more powerful as well. The new e-Golf has been boosted from 199 pound-feet up to 214 pounds-feet. The 0-to-60 mph time improves to 9.6 seconds with a top speed of 93 mph.

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As for charging the all-electric 2017 VW e-Golf, a 7.2 kW on-board charger comes standard on both SE and SEL Premium packages. That means the battery can be recharged in less than six hours on a 240-volt charger (EVSE). DC fast charging is optional on the SE and standard on SEL Premium, and offers an 80 percent charge within an hour.

In September VW’s North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said the 2017 e-Golf will be sold nationwide. That bumps up from 2016 models only being sold in a few select states including California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Around that time, VW had announced that the next e-Golf would have up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range. Another VW executive later adjusted that estimated rating at about 124 miles in real-world measures used in the U.S.


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