While Volkswagen has been saying that a 186-mile range electric e-Golf is scheduled to roll out, the “real world” number is reportedly more likely to be 124 miles traveled on a full charge.
Frank Welsch, Volkswagen’s technical development boss, had said that a heavily revamped VW e-Golf will roll out by the end of this year or early next year. It has a claimed range of 186 miles per charge, up from the current model’s 190 kilometers (118 miles). However, when looking at the “real world” ratings issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the current e-Golf is more realistically going 134 km (83 miles) per charge.
Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, VW’s head of electrical development, shed light on the 2017 e-Golf at a meeting with journalists from a Formula E race in Berlin this weekend, as reported by German news source Electrive.net.
The next generation VW e-Golf will use new battery cells. The previous 25 Ah cells will be gone and new 37 Ah will be added. The battery capacity will go from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh, a 48 percent increase.
Tanneberger said the e-Golf is staying on course the company’s predicted 300 km (186 mile) range. He also added that the “real world” mileage will be about 200 km (124 miles). That coincides with the current U.S. EPA range of 198 km (123 miles) for the new battery size.
This will take the new e-Golf out of competition for the 200-mile electric vehicles rolling out from a few automakers including Chevrolet, Tesla, and Nissan. BMW i3 recently announced a similar uptick to its existing i3.
Nissan and BMW are offering new batteries in their cheaper base trim levels for the Leaf and i3. VW will be discontinuing the current 24.2 kWh battery on all the new e-Golf variants.
VW’s electric motor will be upgraded to a max output of 120 kW, with the current 2016 model at 85 kW. Level 2 charging will stay at 3.6 kW in Europe with 7.2 kW the standard in the U.S. CCS Combo is the fast charging standard.
Pricing wasn’t revealed during the press meeting with Tanneberger. The new longer range e-Golf is expected to arrive by the end of this year. A revamped new version of the e-Golf is not likely to appear until model year 2020.