Volkswagen has announced the e-Golf five-door compact hatchback is about to receive a significant range boost as a result of a battery improvement.

Volkswagen has announced the e-Golf five-door compact hatchback is about to receive a significant range boost as a result of a battery improvement.

In an interview with Autoblog at the Consumer Electronics Show, chief of electronic development, Volkmar Tanneberger, announced the e-Golf’s battery cells will grow from 28 to 37 amp hours. This upgrade won’t require any physical modifications to the battery design, so it will continue to have the same battery package, but with next-gen cells.

The US-spec e-Golf has a maximum range of 83 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means a 30 percent increase will boost the range to approximately 108 miles, so it will be on par with the 107-mile range provided by the updated Nissan Leaf equipped with a 30 kWh battery.

Volkmar Tanneberger didn’t say when the battery upgrade will be out, although most likely it’s not that far away. In United States, the VW e-Golf carries a starting price of $28,995 MSRP, but you can get it for as low as $21,495 after applying the $7,500 federal tax credit. Keep in mind the model is available for purchase only at participant dealers in: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington D.C.

Source: autoblog.com

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