New Electric VW e-Golf Becomes More Usable With Longer Range, More Power

The new electric VW e-Golf was showcased for the first time at the LA Motor Show, after it received some very welcomed revisions.

VW’s general update on the Golf means that the e-Golf also received the same visual updates, including the revised lights all around and the new generation of infotainment systems with gesture control, but the real change happened under the skin.

The old 24.2 kWh battery pack was replaced by a bigger 35.8 kWh unit, enabling the new e-Golf to drive for longer between charges as it now features an increased driving range by 50 percent. This translates into up to 124 miles (200km) of travel on a single charge.

VW has also added a 7.2 kW on-board charger as standard on selected trim levels, allowing the e-Golf to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. The company also offers the option of DC Fast Charging which can help charge the battery up to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charge station.

In addition, the electric motor now makes 134hp, 19hp more than the outgoing model, and 214lb-ft of torque, up from the previous model’s 199lb-ft. The result is that the 2017 VW e-Golf now completes the standard 0-60mph procedure more than a second faster than its predecessor, requiring 9.6 seconds while the top speed is increased to 93mph (150km/h).

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