Looking to wash away some of their cheating emission sins, Volkswagen will introduce an upgraded version of their all-electric Golf by the end of this year.
The vehicle will retain the same platform as the current iteration and will benefit from a larger battery, as the brand’s Electric Vehicle Development boss, Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, announced over the weekend, at the Formula E race in Berlin, according to Elektrek.
Updated for the 2017 model year, the e-Golf’s new battery will have a 35.8 kWh capacity, up from the current 24.2 kWh, which is said to allow for an NEDC rated range of 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge, which is a significant improvement over the current version’s EPA-rated range of 134 km (83 miles). Moreover, if Volkswagen sticks to the number, then the EV will surpass BMW i3’s range of 183 km (114 miles).
Pointing at Nissan and BMW, who chose to keep the old batteries for less expensive variants of their updated cars, VW’s official stated that the company will only offer the new battery pack. On top of that, the all-electric Golf will also get a power increase, from 134 HP to 161 HP.