Only 3 months after unveiling the longer-range 2017 Volkwagen e-Golf at the LA Auto Show, the company is now accepting orders for it in Germany.
With a 35.8 kWh battery pack, 50% larger than the current 24kWh battery pack size, the e-Golf is rated for 300 kms of range on the NEDC scale, which should translate to an EPA rating of 125 miles. That’s a substantial increase from the current 84 mile range, and puts it in the exact range of the Hyundai IONIQ. However, it’s substantially less than the Chevy Bolt’s 238 mile rating.
Other upgrades to the new e-Golf include a more powerful motor up from 115 hp to 134 hp (85 kW to 100 kW). On the outside, there are redesigned front and rear bumpers with fully LED headlights and taillights. Options include an optional heat pump that will keep the cabin cozy and extend overall range compared to the conventional resistance heater.
Volkswagen plans to start with sales in Germany, and then the U.S. early this year.Pricing in Germany starts at €35,900 which will put it about €5000 less than the Opel Ampera-e (rebadged Chevy Bolt).
Plans are for the e-Golf to be available nationwide, while currently the e-Golf is only available in compliance states.
Sales in Canada will follow the U.S. launch.
I don’t suppose that VW has finally figured out that most EV drivers need a heated steering wheel?