Range boosted by 50 percent compared to its predecessor.
Volkswagen is now accepting orders at home in Germany for the upgraded e-Golf, which you’ll be happy to hear has switched to a larger 35.8-kWh battery. Compared to the old one that had a 24.2-kWh pack, the revised electric compact can travel for 50 percent more before running out of juice, with an official rating of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle.
Bear in mind NEDC is not super accurate, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to hit the 300-km mark, but even so it should be a vast improvement over the pre-facelift e-Golf. More important than the overly optimistic NEDC rating, VW is confident the battery can last for up to 200 km (124 miles) in the real world.
The zero-emissions model will be available from now on with a standard 9.2-inch touchscreen for the Discover Pro infotainment system featuring support for gesture controls. Customers will also receive an extended array of safety kit, including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Monitoring. The folks from Wolfsburg will also throw in a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and will install an upgraded electric motor pushing out an extra 20 hp (15 kW) for a total of 136 hp (100 kW). That’s going to be enough to allow the e-Golf run to 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.6 seconds.
At an additional cost, buyers will be given the possibility to opt for the fancy all-digital instrument cluster (pictured above) known in VW’s vocabulary as the “Active Info Display.”
As with the conventional Golfs powered by combustion engines, the EV has a mildly updated exterior with a new look for the LED headlights and taillights. An electrical heating unit is in charge of heating the e-Golf’s interior cabin and VW says it will be able to do so even at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. Owners can actually heat up the car remotely while it’s charging by using a smartphone app dubbed “Car-Net e-Remote.” Upon activation, the energy necessary for heating the cabin will be directly sourced from the electrical grid, thus ensuring the batteries are charged as usual.
Those willing to fork out more cash can go for the optional heat pump warming the e-Golf’s interior by utilizing ambient air and lost heat from the powertrain’s components. Developed specifically for the model, the heat pump reduces the electrical consumption, so it consequently extends the overall range.
Gallery: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
The new e-Golf1 can now be ordered
- Electric model has extended range of 300 kilometres (NEDC2)
- Standard features now include 9.2-inch infotainment system and gesture control
- Car-Net e-Remote app provides convenient access to key vehicle functions by smartphone
- Heat pump assures reliable driving range and comfort even on cold days
One by one, the new Golf models are becoming available for customer orders. The range is now being completed by the new e-Golf with an all-electric drive system. Compared to its predecessor, the new version offers more power, longer range and extended standard features. Prices for the zero-emission model start at € 35.900 (in Germany).
In its new e-Golf, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. In terms of an annual average that is relevant to customers, the e-Golf will now cover up to 200 kilometres or more in everyday driving on one battery charge – depending on driving style, the use of air conditioning and other parameters2. Its driving range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is 300 kilometres. This enlarges the car's radius of activity compared to its predecessor – by 50 per cent, depending on driving style and usage. In addition, all customers receive extended standard features among others "Front Assist" incl. City Emergency Braking with the new Pedestrian Monitoring, a multi-function steering wheel (in leather) and Volkswagen Media Control. The electric motor now develops 100 kW/136 PS, which is 15 kW/20 PS more than in the previous model. The compact four-door car sprints to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds.
Other new features in the e-Golf are the optional Active Info Display (digital instruments) and the standard 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system that is operated by gesture control. Furthermore, as in all electric models from Volkswagen, it is possible to conveniently access various vehicle functions of the e-Golf via the Car-Net "e-Remote" app. A smartphone or tablet can be used to start or stop the air conditioning or battery charging, for example. The app even shows the most recent parking location of the e-Golf on a map. In its exterior appearance, the updated e-Golf features modified front and rear ends with new LED headlights and LED tail lights.
The e-Golf heats interior air with an electrical heating unit – as in other electric vehicles. It offers the same familiar Golf level of comfort, even at temperatures below freezing. If the user wants to warm up the car while it is charging, utilizing energy from the electrical grid, this can be activated with the "Car-Net e-Remote" remote control app. This function preserves the charge of the high-voltage battery, preserving more energy for driving.
Longer driving range in winter thanks to heat pump
The heating system in the e-Golf is an example of how innovative solutions can increase the efficiency of electric vehicles in everyday use – and consequently their driving range. The key concept here is heat pumps: the heat pump principle, which is familiar from energy-efficient buildings, is being used in a vehicle here – the e-Golf. The optional heat pump warms the vehicle interior using ambient air and lost heat from the power unit components. The heat pump that was specially developed for the e-Golf reduces electrical consumption and improves the driving range of the electric Golf perceptibly.
2NEDC: The specified range is the range when running through the cycles of the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) on a rolling road test bed. The actual range may vary from this figure in practice. The practical range of around 200 km is based on a typical driving style averaged over the entire year, and this figure depends on driving style, vehicle speed, the use of convenience and auxiliary electrical consumers, outside temperature, number of passengers and payload, the selected driving profile (Normal, ECO, ECO+) and topography.
1e-Golf (100 kW/136 PS). Electrical consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined), CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined), efficiency class: A+