2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Rated At 125 Miles By EPA

6 months ago by Mark Kane 33

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

The upcoming 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf was today officially rated at 125 miles (201 km) of all-electric range.

Compared to the previous 83-mile version, the new e-Golf has 50% more range.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Also fuel economy improved a little bit:

  • city driving: 126 MPGe (previously: 126)
  • highway driving: 111 MPGe (previously: 105)
  • combined city/ highway: 119 MPGe (previously: 116)

Sales in U.S. are to begin this Spring. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Press release info below:

“For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 kWh from 24.2 kWh. The new battery helps increase the vehicle’s range from an EPA-estimated total range of 83 miles to 125 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be charged in less than six hours at a 240V charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Improved battery chemistry also helps improve the overall fuel economy of the 2017 e-Golf. For city driving, the EPA estimated fuel economy is 126 MPGe; highway driving is rated at 111 MPGe, and combined city/ highway at 119 MPGe, improved over the 2016 EPA estimates of 126, 105 and 116, respectively. The 2017 e-Golf EPA estimates are the best in the Compact Class, as defined by the EPA.

The electric motor on the 2017 e-Golf has been upgraded as well. Where the 2016 e-Golf utilized an 85 kWh electric motor developing 115 horsepower, the new 100 kWh electric motor develops 134 horsepower. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds—and its top speed increases to 93 mph.

In addition to these engineering improvements, the 2017 e-Golf is wallet friendly. Using 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the EPA has estimated an annual fuel cost of just $550.”

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33 responses to "2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Rated At 125 Miles By EPA"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Spec reads like the FFE. Where’s the price? Unless it’s far below $29K including DCFC, Ioniq EV is far better.

    1. Leeper says:

      Current msrp is 28,995. I agree, if they don’t tweek it down, they may have trouble moving them.

      1. Joshua Burstyn says:

        VW has a following and despite diesel gate their fit and finish is better than Hyundai or Kia IMO.

        1. Rick says:

          Agreed. It has 1 mile more range too. With the old one I get 100 mi real world range so new one maybe 150 is not that far fetched. Plus Ampera e availability in many European markets is unclear. Asked the local Opel dealership manager yesterday and he has no info whatsoever even though he’d like to sell them since there is high demand.

          1. Mark H says:

            “Real world range” can have MANY different meanings in different situations. Your real world range may be 100 miles in your E-golf, but I drive 75 miles a day for my commute, and with a majority of it at highway speeds around 75 mph, my full battery range with my 2015 E-golf is about 65 total miles, which means I can’t do my commute without a charger on both ends.

            1. Rick says:

              Try eco or eco+ mode.

              1. Rick says:

                Put in B instead of D as well.

    2. WARREN says:

      Isn’t the Ionic 0-60 time just as slow? 9.6 sec +???
      Crazy with all the HP it can’t do better. Also, these manufacturer submitted EPA numbers are all over the place. Some are conservative and others are optimistic, as shown in some head to head tests.

      1. Brian says:

        0-60 times are basically dependent on two things: HP curve and vehicle weight. Sure, it’s got a good amount of power, but it’s also a heavy vehicle. Plus providing a single HP number is deceiving, since it changes at different speeds. For most EVs, you get basically a constant torque at low speed (which means increasing power) until you hit the power limit at which point you have a constant power (with decreasing torque).

        1. vin says:

          Another huge factor is traction. From my experience that’s the #1 reason why the Focus Electric is slow 0-20 and then kicks butt 30-85. Other front wheel drive BEVs suffer less because their weight distribution is biased more forward than the FFE. AWD or RWD is better if all that matters is launch from a dead stop.

          1. Brian says:

            Point taken. HP/Torque are useless if you cannot effectively get them to the pavement.

        2. ModernMarvelFan says:

          “For most EVs, you get basically a constant torque at low speed (which means increasing power) until you hit the power limit at which point you have a constant power (with decreasing torque).”

          So, it is about gearing. (fixed gearing)

          Gearing trade off on top speed and efficiency against 0-60mph times…

          Assuming you got the traction or can handle the traction.

      2. SparkEV says:

        Ioniq is just as slow, but it supposedly comes with DCFC at $29K. It is also more efficient, scoring more brownie points. FFE also supposedly comes with DCFC at $29K.

        Something that is advantageous for eGolf might be rear seating room and cargo room. At autoshow, eGolf had the best cargo space, followed by Leaf. I can only guess FFE has good cargo space based on forum posts since I wasn’t able to check it out at autoshow; FFE wasn’t even there!

    3. Brian says:

      @IEVs: Why does SparkEV’s Gravatar work but mine doesn’t? I haven’t changed anything on my end. Is there an issue with the site?

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Works for me, I see a burgandy LEAF as your icon…isn’t that correct?

        Any issues with what is showing is via gravatar, so you could/can change it there.

        1. Brian says:

          Interesting. Thanks for the response. My gravatar is a Red Leaf in the foreground and a blue sailboat in the background. It is not showing on my end, so maybe the issue is here.

          1. MTN Ranger says:

            Your avatar doesn’t show up for me on Chrome or IE.

          2. vin says:

            I see it. Looks good. Nice color.

          3. alohart says:

            If you have a content or tracker blocker (e.g., Ghostery) extension installed, it could be blocking Gravatar widgets. Ghostery, for example, would allow you to selectively unblock Gravatar widgets so they are displayed.

  2. CHris says:

    It only has to fill the gap until the new plattform is ready. And this will be in 2 years.
    Since they don’t want to sell the eGolf, so what?

    1. Rick says:

      All the effort put into designing and improving the performance and they don’t even want to sell it. Silly VW… Too bad, because it’s the best EV in terms of build quality in its category.

  3. Brian says:

    I wonder what they changed to improve highway efficiency but not city. Was it aero-related?

    As much flack as VW has taken here (much of it being well-deserved), the eGolf is still one of my favorite EV packages. It is a good looking car that handles well. It doesn’t scream EV, or weird-mobile, and it is very efficient. In fact, with a robust enough DCQC network, this would be my first choice for my next EV. Unfortunately, we have a very sparse (practically non-existent) network here, so only a Bolt has enough autonomous range to cover my needs. But the Bolt seems to fall short of the eGolf as a car (for my tastes). Maybe the DCQC situation will change in the next few years, and I can pick up a used eGolf for cheap. Hmmm…

  4. Spoonman. says:

    Is Volkswagen going to sell it nationwide? Even if I bought a used one, I’d have to drive to New Jersey to get it serviced.

    1. 3laine says:

      I have the same question. That being said, there’s a guy in Miami area that has his eGolf serviced by the local dealer, so if you really want one, maybe you can figure out if your local dealer can do the same.

  5. IQ130 says:

    The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is much more efficient and can charge twice as fast, thanks to its TMS.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=38431&id=38187&id=38549&id=38001

    1. SparkEV says:

      Aha! I forgot about eGolf’s lack of TMS. Yeah, that just won’t do since 350 kW DCFC is coming on pretty soon.

    2. Bob Nan says:

      Certainly Ioniq is better. Its 3 flavors are Hybrid, Plugin & Electric and is designed for these 3 flavors.

      Where as Golf’s 3 flavors are Gasoline, Diesel & Electric and its designed more for Gasoline & Diesel. Let’s see how much is the eGolf priced. This will be followed sooner by newer Leaf and Model-3.

  6. Kdawg says:

    I’m glad there’s another ~125 mile BEV (more options for customers). The eGolf isn’t really my style though. It’s probably popular in Europe.

    (Also, why can’t they put the charging port in a better spot? Maybe it’s set up for curbside charging, but again something more common in Europe than in the US.)

  7. Bob Nan says:

    Welcome news. Great job VW.
    To be precise, with a 48% increase in battery range, the range increased by 50%.
    Improvised motor helps a lot in increasing Miles / KWh.

    Now eGolf will become the 7th EV in USA to have 100 mile + range. The other 6 are Model-S, Model-X, Bolt, Leaf, Ioniq-EV, Focus-EV.

    Normally new models come around September / October timeline. I don’t know why VW is pushing the new er model to Spring which should be after March-21. Will it be sold in all the 50 states or just the 11 states like the current eGolf.

    On the other hand, with a 50% increase in battery capacity, the BMW i3 range increased by only 36%.

    1. alohart says:

      The i3 has a 100+ mile range and is sold throughout the U.S. unlike some EV’s, so it should be on your list.

      The 2017 i3’s usable battery capacity increased by only 27.2kWh/18.8kWh = 45%. Many i3 owners feel that the 2017 BEV’s 114 mile EPA range rating is more conservative than the previous model with the same i3 driver able to exceed the 2017’s EPA range by a higher percent than when driving a previous model (bmwi3.blogspot.se/2016/09/the-2014-60ah-i3-rex-vs-2017-94ah-i3-rex.html). The 2017 i3 BEV is ~110 lb. heavier which would reduce its efficiency a tiny bit.

  8. Mike I. says:

    The lack of active thermal management of the battery pack is problem for the current model. With no mention of adding it to the new model, I’m assuming it doesn’t have it either. That is a shame because driving performance and DCFC speed is impacted after one or two fast charge sessions in warm weather. VW’s manual for the US car has some vaguely worded warnings about back to back fast charging that makes people uneasy about their warranty status.

  9. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Even less reason to buy a LEAF now…

    LEAF 2.0 can’t come soon enough.

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