Volkswagen To Double E-Golf Production Following Strong Demand

Volkswagen is doubling production of the e-Golf on the back of strong demand for the EV.

InsideEVs reports that the German automaker will change the Transparent Factory Dresden responsible for producing the e-Golf from a single-shift operation to a two-shift one, increasing production from 35 to 70 cars a day.

Over a month, this will mean production reaches 2100 vehicles compared to the current 1050. Production of the e-Golf will increase gradually, staring in March 2018.

In its most recent guise, the VW e-Golf is powered by a 35.8 kWh battery, a significantly jump from the 24.2 kWh battery used by pre-2017 models. The EPA lists the e-Golf’s range between 83-125 miles (134-201 km). The electric motor powering the e-Golf delivers 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, a 19 hp and 15 lb-ft gain over earlier versions.

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  • Must be thrilling news for VAG director board when they heard this, hoping people forgot the diesel controversy and preparing their electric car assault.

    • Jawohl

      “hoping”?? Buyers have long forgotten or just didn’t care buddy

    • diesel_vdub

      The vast majority of the public never paid attention to or completely forgot about the diesel controversy long before the settlements were announced in the US. It’s only car enthusiasts that refuse to let it go.

    • Vassilis

      I think there are two kinds of people on this saga. Those who have analysed the whole thing a bit and can read behind the words and those who haven’t and can’t. The former have let it go, the latter haven’t.

      • Holmer_k

        I think you have that backwards. But then I wasn’t a fan before they tried to kill my kids with pollution.

        • Vassilis

          I don’t. Your second sentence proves my point. They didn’t try to kill your kids with pollution. Don’t exaggerate. All those pick-up trucks that release ridiculous amounts of fumes don’t pollute? If anything they’re worse. I don’t see the US doing something about them. I also don’t see them doing as much as they should about GM’s ignition switch saga which actually killed people.

          So, those who have analysed it can see the US reaction to dieselgate was a blatant attempt to destroy the brand’s image there because it’s a foreign brand. I’m just happy to see they’ve failed.

          • Holmer_k

            There are times when I am positive our educational system needs a lot more help. Reading your posts is one of them.

          • Vassilis

            We definitely do agree your educational system needs a lot more help. It’s obvious it doesn’t help you think critically. Thankfully I’m not from the US so I haven’t got that issue.

            By the way, when during a conversation you disagree with someone present your counter-argument, don’t try to be a smartass. Maybe that’s another failure of your educational system. Happy new year!

          • Holmer_k

            VW admitted to deliberately developing their emissions defeat systems. They got only what they deserved based on the facts of the case and the number of cars they sold that did not pass our emissions regulations. Your attempt to push a narrative that counters that is disingenuous at best. And trying to force a comparison with GM’s ignition switch case is simple ignorance. Each case that comes to court in this country is adjudicated based on it’s merit.

            Those pickup trucks you talk about passed their emissions testing without the need to develop a cheat. And if you don’t want a smart ass reply, try not posting smart ass comments. Your attempt to read behind the words as you say was a total failure.

          • Vassilis

            It’s not quite as black and white as you think it is. Some background info first in case you’re not familiar with it. VW cheated on the NOx emission tests. There was no real issue with CO2 emissions. Now, the diesel NOx emission limits in the US were the same as the petrol ones for the period in question, at 0.08g/km. In Europe the same limit was 0.25g/km and the issue here wasn’t anywhere as big as in the US. Other German manufacturers adhered to that limit in the US by using AdBlue, VW didn’t because it’s more expensive so they devised that solution.

            Was it unethical? Of course it was. Was it fair they got punished? Of course it was. But it really isn’t as big of a deal in terms of environmental impact as many make it out to be. Those pickup trucks have much higher CO2 emissions and I don’t see the government try to control them. I wonder why. It’s massively hypocritical.

            Why exactly is it ignorant to compare this case to the ignition switch one? GM knew about the problem many years ago and did nothing. As I said, because of it people actually died. Can you comprehend the seriousness of that and how worse it is? Now remember how much each was fined. GM got a slap on the wrist comparatively and that’s only because it’s a US corporation. Please spare me the “each case was adjudicated based on its merit” BS. We all know how much corruption there is in the world, including the US obviously.

          • Holmer_k

            It was more than unethical. It was illegal. ILLEGAL. And it was done with the full knowledge that it was ILLEGAL.

            And if you knew anything about our justice system, you would know that each case takes it’s own course depending on the proof available. There is no comparison between what happened with GM and VW. They were separate cases with their own burdens of proof to overcome.

            Your assumption is flawed and ignorant.

          • Vassilis

            Of course, illegal as well. I don’t dispute that obviously. And rightly, they were punished. But the amount of money they were fined was scandalous.

            Yeah, in theory that’s how all justice systems work in democratic countries. But one of the facts of the GM case is that they knew about the problems back in 2004 and they did nothing. How does that sound to you? There shouldn’t be a need to repeat myself but I will. People died because of GM’s failure to disclose the problem. How can you call me ignorant when that fact flies over your head and you’re pissed about VW causing a less significant environmental issue? I’d like to think we’re all sensible, thinking people. Put your bias aside for a second.

          • Holmer_k

            The amount of the fine was based on the number of cars. That IS the law. Period. Try again.

          • Vassilis

            Number of cars recalled? GM recalled about 30 million, VW about 11. Try again.

            Also, who sets the amount per car? Is that defined by a law as well or do they decide the number in an entirely subjective manner? Because surely, that’s what it looks like.

          • Holmer_k

            I have never once said that GM should not have been fined more. I don’t agree with the outcome of that trial. And millions in America expressed that view. But that case never produced an admission of guit or a finding of criminal intent.
            And as I said before and will repeat as often as needed, the cases were different. Prosecutors did a better job in the VW case, VW did a worse job defending itself, and so received a higher per car fine. You simply can’t compare the two as you keep trying to do. That’s not how the law in this country works. Face the facts, you are simply wrong to state that country of origin has anything to do with the difference in the fines. It all came down to how well the cases were prosecuted, and what charges were actually able to be proven. Your assertion that VW was hit harder just because they are based in Germany instead of the US has no merit.

          • Vassilis

            Really? It has no merit? So the fact prosecutors did such a bad job with the trial of a US corporation isn’t suspicious at all in your eyes? Also, the per car VW fine was decided by a person or a group of people. They didn’t follow a pre-set scale. I’m sure you can understand the repercussions on the US economy if they were much harsher on GM. I’m also sure you can understand how being harsher on VW can help domestic manufacturers.

            Anyway, we’ll never agree on this. Maybe we should just leave it there.

          • Holmer_k

            No, I don’t find it suspicious. And your right, we won’t agree because you seem to see nothing but a conspiracy against VW rather than the truth which is simply that GM’s lawyers did a better job and GM’s internal policies also helped them obfuscate the truth. I think GM got off too easy too, but I find nothing in the way of a concerted effort by the justice department or the NTSA to warrant suspicion in how they handled the cases. GM hid a bad design, VW purposely designed to cheat the law and got a higher per car fine because of it. It was deserved.

          • Vassilis

            I won’t go through Barra’s testimony in detail with you because frankly I’m bored to do so but I strongly disagree GM’s lawyers did a better job and their internal policies obfuscated the truth. The facts are well-known and indisputable. For some reason they weren’t strong enough for prosecutors.

            GM hid a bad design that killed people! It really isn’t so difficult to understand how criminal that is and how against an unbiased panel the corporation could have been ruined.

            By the way, VW didn’t cheat the law because the law demanded the cars pass laboratory testing. They did pass that. If the cars were illegal they wouldn’t have been allowed to be sold in the US.

          • Holmer_k

            Both your arguments are again simply wrong and show your bias. VW admitted in writing to their actions so your argument doesn’t come even close to being truthful for them. Your argument in the GM case is your opinion and has zero basis in fact.

          • Vassilis

            You’re a little confused. VW admitted that they had designed that software for that specific use because obviously they did. It is a fact though that the cars had passed laboratory testing so they were legal. Again, if they weren’t legal they wouldn’t have been allowed to be sold in the US market. That’s common sense.

            Another fact is that GM knew about the faulty switches since 2004 and did nothing about it. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/02/18/gm-cobalt-g5-faulty-ignition-switches-recall-deaths-airbags/5582241/
            https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/18/business/gms-ignition-problem-who-knew-what-when.html

          • Holmer_k

            I’m not confused at all. VW did admit to their guilt as part of their plea deal in the US. They have not admitted to guilt only in Europe. Lying will get you no where.

          • Vassilis

            Did I say they didn’t admit to their guilt? Read my previous post again.

          • Holmer_k

            They pled guilty on all 3 counts both in writing and in their plea deal with the court and were penalized accordingly.

            Here’s their attorneys (Manfred Doess) statement in court: “Your honor, VW AG is pleading guilty to all three counts because it is guilty on all three counts”

            Those are the actual words of VW AG’s attorney when he submitted their plea of guilty as charged. I don’t have a clue where you get your bogus information from, but it is certainly false. Read it here for yourself. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN16H1W4

            Your continued attempt to compare the penalties VW faced to GM is simply bs. As I said before, the cases were totally different. The proof found different and the pleas different. VW admitted to knowingly and purposely defying the law. And their penalty reflects that. GM’s case is not anywhere close to that in any way. You say VW’s fine was scandalous. I say their attempt to defy our laws was scandalous. And so did the courts when they set the fines. GM was also fined heavily. Certainly not heavily enough if you ask anyone who was harmed by their actions, but, they were both based on the cases the judges were forced to base their decisions on and your attempt to say the difference is simply because VW was a German based company is totally without merit.

  • JR Glide

    VW = Disgusting FRAUD.

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