2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Gets Price Hike, More Range

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

It now starts at $30,495, before the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit.

Volkswagen unveiled the 2017 e-Golf for the U.S. market back in mid-November last year, but it’s only now the fully electric compact hatchback finally has a price.

The cheapest version money can buy is going to set you back $30,495 (excluding destination charges) for the entry-level SE trim. That makes it $1,500 more expensive than its predecessor, but there are some big improvements that VW hopes justifies the premium.

2017 VW e-Golf Interior

For starters, gone is the 24.2-kWh battery of the 2016MY e-Golf as instead the new version has received a 35.8 kWh pack, which has effectively boosted range between from 83 to 125 miles. Not only that, but the 7.2 kW charger is now standard equipment across the lineup and it will recharge the battery in less than six hours when using a 240V charging station.

If you’re willing to pay more, the SE model can be had with an optional $995 fast charger that comes as standard on the upper-spec Limited Edition (from $33,795) and SEL Premium ($36,995). Using DC fast charging, VW says the battery is going to be replenished to an 80 percent level within an hour.

The new lithium-ion battery pack not only has an increased energy capacity, but also better battery chemistry that has further improved the e-Golf’s fuel economy. While the 2016MY version returned 126 MPGe in the city, 105 MPGe on the highway, and 116 MPGe in the combined cycle, the new model will do 126, 111, and 119, respectively.

Another reason why the e-Golf is now pricier has to do with the fact the electric motor is more powerful. Output has increased by 19 hp (15 kW) to 134 hp and by 15 lb-ft of torque to 214 lb-ft. Consequently, performance has been improved and the sprint to 60 miles per hour is going to take 9.6 seconds or roughly a second less than before. Top speed has increased as well, from 87 to 93 mph.

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf battery

Like before, the VW e-Golf is available with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, while EPA estimates the annual fuel cost will be $550 based on 13 cents per kilowatt-hour.

With all of that said the landscape is changing, and improving fast in this space. The e-Golf’s main competitor, the new 2018 Nissan LEAF, got a full refresh, also gained performance improvements (30% faster from 60km/h-100km/h) and had its range bumped from 107 miles to ~150 mile in its base trim – for $690 less (from $29,900).

Press release below:

VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING OF 2017 E-GOLF
Upgraded model offers longer range, better fuel economy and more power than predecessor

  • Value-oriented e-Golf SE trim starts at $30,495
  • Increased battery capacity gives 2017 e-Golf an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles— a 50 percent increase over the previous model year
  • EPA-estimated 126 city MPGe and EPA-estimated annual fuel cost of $550
  • Upgraded electric motor produces 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque
  • Sharpened styling includes new front-end treatments, interior décor and colors

Herndon, VA (September 14, 2017) – Volkswagen of America Inc. announced today the pricing of the 2017 e-Golf. Volkswagen’s fully-electric e-Golf is upgraded for model year 2017, with a longer EPA-estimated range, better fuel economy and more power than its predecessor. The starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the e-Golf SE is just $30,495 plus destination ($820).

A look at the cargo room of the 2017 VW e-Golf

For 2017, Volkswagen is using an updated lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 kWh,
up from 24.2 kWh. The revised 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 all 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 Limited Edition and SEL Premium), the battery can be charged up to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

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 electric motor on the 2017 e-Golf has been upgraded as well. Where the 2016 e-Golf utilized an 85 kW electric motor developing 115 horsepower, the new 100 kW 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 85 mph.

In addition to these engineering improvements, the 2017 e-Golf is wallet friendly. Based on 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the EPA has estimated an annual fuel cost of just $550. A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for purchasers; dependent on state, additional credits may be available.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

New styling inside and out modernizes the overall appearance of the 2017 e-Golf. New color options, restyled bumpers, front fenders, headlights, grille and décor head the stylistic changes, along with revised seat trim inside.

The value-oriented e-Golf SE ($30,495) trim now offers more standard equipment, including an 8-inch glass-covered touchscreen display, LED taillights, cruise control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and the 7.2 kW on-board charger. A DC Fast Charging package is available for $995.

The e-Golf Limited Edition ($33,795) includes the myriad standard features of the SE trim, and adds DC Fast Charging capability, V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, and Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), with a new feature called Maneuver Braking (arriving late in the model year), which can help driver avoid or mitigate the effects of a collision with stationary objects while parking.

The e-Golf SEL Premium ($36,995) offers an optional Driver Assistance package ($1,395), including the 12.3- inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist and Light Assist. (Late availability for the Driver Assistance Package).

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96 responses to "2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Gets Price Hike, More Range"

  1. Michael Will says:

    I have seen a lot more eGolfs on the road on my commute in California recently. They must be finally upping up the ante. In the meantime: TSLA stock is going ludicrous like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd5TO-WpzqM

    1. ffbj says:

      TSLA is up 75% ytd, despite all the pundits & trolls and what not, it’s pretty ludicrous.

      1. Asak says:

        Bitcoin is up almost 300%.

        1. Gazz says:

          Loads of people at work are poring their wages into Bitcoin. Its a bust waiting to happen

          1. Mister G says:

            Yes and they will want a government bailout after the bust LOL

  2. drpawansharma says:

    Incremental improvements are starting to add up.Wish they would offer it in India.

  3. Vexar says:

    Competing and losing against the new Nissan Leaf in every way, including price. If you’re going to make a less expensive EV city car, I get that you need to take a hit on battery capacity, but since Nissan fixed their styling problem, this doesn’t reach me at all. The only all-electric VW available for purchase is clearly second-place in the $30,000 category, and let’s not bring up the $35,000 category because the Bolt stomps all over this offering and the Model III, well, you don’t need me to say the rest.

    1. Michael Will says:

      EGolf wins against leaf in driving fun big time tho, nothing like carving around in an electric Golf, those 40 years of engineering pay off in terms of steering, agility, suspension and usability. If only the computer component wasn’t so crappy.

      1. Michael Will says:

        Nissan Leaf turning circle 16 meters
        VW eGolf übrig circle 11 meters
        Tesla Model 3 ?

        I know what I would pick

        1. SparkEV says:

          Google shows eGolf turning radius as 17.9 ft and Leaf as 17.1 ft. How are you getting your numbers?

        2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

          https://www.nissan-cdn.net/content/dam/Nissan/gb/brochures/Nissan_Leaf_UK.pdf

          There are 16″ wheels and 17″. Probably it is where this “16 meters” comes from 😉

          Golf may be marginally better refined, but is in the same economy class as Leaf and others, no free lunch here.

        3. Mark.ca says:

          Michael, eGolf driver here and can tell you with confidence that this car will get shred to pieces by Leaf2. VW is doing too little to compete. At the end of my lease i will definitely not continue with them unless they will have some ridiculous deals.

          1. A Gordon says:

            Ah, your opinion is based on your gen 1 e-Golf. We’re talking about the significantly superior gen 2 e-Golf here, which I have driven and can confidently say that the new Leaf is not a threat – this new e-Golf is fully upgradable to enthusiastic level suspension and chassis mods like any other Golf. The new Leaf’s design still looks like a lame attempt to get away from its unnecessarily futuristic dowdy rump and portly appearance.

    2. chris says:

      The leaf barely beats it strictly on the numbers. Sit in and drive both and I guarantee you the Golf is worth a few extra bucks and 25 miles range.

      1. Asak says:

        Having both cars (old versions of both obviously), I would say the e-Golf is better. It has a nicer interior and better regen control. Performance-wise they’re about the same.

        Is it worth giving up 25 miles of range between the new versions? I don’t know about that.

    3. Leafowner says:

      Major loser vs. Leaf and not even close with the model 3 just a few thousand more. Not nearly outrageous as how BMW is positioning the i3 though….that is pure nonsense.

      My bet is you will see the Bolt drop it’s price below the Model 3 shortly as well making the competition even worse for VW (vaporware…..hahah)

      1. john Doe says:

        There are more E-Golfs sold in Norway then Leaf and Tesla combined.
        It just does everything pretty OK.

  4. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    “Output has increased by 19 hp (15 kW) to 134 hp”

    ???????

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      nevermind……lol

  5. Spoonman. says:

    What’s with the late availability on the driver assistance stuff? That is on the 2016 already. Weird.

    Anyways, like the other guy said, if it’s not sold in Pennsylvania, it’s vaporware.

    1. Mike I. says:

      The 2016 e-Golf Driver Assistance Package was limited to the following:
      – Front Assist (FCW & AEB)
      – Park Pilot (Park Distance Control)
      – Park Assist (automatic steering for parking)

      The 2017 adds the following:
      – Adaptive Cruise
      – Lane Assist
      – Blind Spot Monitor with Cross Traffic Alert
      – Front Assist adds Pedestrian detection

      1. Spoonman. says:

        Okay, that is substantially different. Thank you.

  6. wavelet says:

    Will it finally be an all-US car, or still CARB states only? That’s the test of whether VW is even remotely serious…

  7. Benz says:

    The Nissan Leaf will surely be the superior choice in 2018.

    1. ziv says:

      The Leaf is short ranged and has no thermal management system. Leaf fails. Even with the newer, more robust chemistry.
      The 3 is the best choice for 2018 and the Bolt is a close second, but only if you need a more spacious car.
      If the Leaf gets some form of pack thermal management it will be a good car when the larger pack arrives. But without TMS…

      1. Spoonman. says:

        Does the e-Golf have a TMS? I didn’t think the previous version did.

        1. MarkT says:

          I recall it had a weak TMS. Power would be reduced to those cells that overheat until they naturally cool off.

          1. Lawrence says:

            No TMS in the eGolf.

            1. Vexar says:

              Yet again, no wins in the new eGolf column, especially since the turning radius is under debate.

              1. Lawrence says:

                I’ve never had issues with the turning radius. I’ve made plenty of u-turns on narrow streets.

              2. Mark.ca says:

                The radius is just fine, go see it for yourself.

                1. Vexar says:

                  I don’t really care about things like turning radius. I found it funny that someone else would care, as in posts earlier.

                  1. Lawrence says:

                    Definitely someone who misses the forest for the trees.

                  2. V2 says:

                    I would not go as far as saying I don’t care about turning radius (it is nice to be able to make a u turn on a tight street) but I have never thought about picking one car over another on that metric. Wonder how many people actually choose a car on specifications and how many care about the external and interior look first then the specs. Personally don’t care about the look of the eGolf, the Leaf and the Bolt. Don’t like the Volt 2 at all. I do like my Volt 1 and the i3, which is the car I keep checking. Still most likely will use the Model 3 reservation once they get the dual motor version out. Purely on exterior looks.

                    1. Dr. Strange says:

                      We have a 2011 LEAF and a 2015 e-Golf SEL. About the only think the LEAF is better at is turning radius. Maybe it is not as good in the 2018 LEAF, but it is very tight in the 2011.

      2. kubel says:

        LEAF will be active air cooled for 2018. This is in contrast to 2017 and earlier where the battery pack was an oven with no air or water cooling within the pack itself.

      3. JoeP says:

        There are a lot of misconceptions about the Leaf batteries.

        The chemistry they chose does not heat up upon charging or discharging.

        The first version of their batteries was damaged only in hot weather- places like Arizona.

        They fixed that on the 2013 model, so have no fear.

        When was the last time you heard of a Leaf battery problem?

        I use 19 Leaf modules in my scooter, and it works really well.

  8. stimpy says:

    Holy crap that is a “dangerously slow Prius” amount of acceleration!

    Do drives have to put up a red flag in their window before merging onto a busy highway where the average speed is 70+ mph?

    1. BenG says:

      Millions of people drive cars like Corollas with similar or slower acceleration, and generally have no trouble merging onto fast highways.

    2. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      Loaded semis may take a minute or so to reach 60 mph, yet they all merge into highways just fine. DOT has merge lane length requirements for interstates, and they are way longer than any passenger car may need.

      Somebody should really take some driving course if 10 s 0-60 mph is too slow to merge into highway.

      1. john Doe says:

        I had a van that took almost 17 seconds on 0-60. I have a military vehicle that took 23 seconds. The difference of only 2-3-4 seconds faster feels like a lot. When it’s 10 seconds or faster – there is no real life difference.
        Unless you just like to feel the speed pick up – like with launch control and so on.

    3. Asak says:

      Passenger vehicle acceleration time hasn’t been an issue since the 1980s. Ten seconds is more than enough time to get up to speed on a freeway on ramp. The problem isn’t that modern cars *can’t* get up to speed, it’s that some bad drivers *don’t* get up to speed.

    4. R.S says:

      The most popular non truck in the US right now (YTD) are the Nissan Rogue with a 0-60 of 9.1s seconds and the Rav4 with 9.3s.

      So if the most popular vehicles are that slow, I doubt merging will be a problem.

  9. Jonathan B says:

    Ok so still nothing close to what $35K gets you in a Model 3.

    1. Lawrence says:

      Yes. The fabled $35k Model 3 which will not be released until they are out of tax credits.

      1. Rich says:

        “The fabled $35k Model 3 which will not be released until they are out of tax credits.”

        Seriously? My estimated delivery for the base model is Jan-Mar 2018. Easily within the FULL tax credit limits. If they don’t hit 200K until the new year, people will receive the full tax credit through June 30, 2018.

        1. Lawrence says:

          Yes estimated. As in they can change the schedule based however it suits them. With so many people committing to paying for the $49k model and them burning billions of dollars by quarter, do you think that they would care to build the low to no profit base model?

        2. justanotherguy50 says:

          How quickly did you get in your reservation?

          There is a point in the reservation list where your tax credit on the base Model 3 will be in jeopardy.

          Don’t forget used & discounted Bolts will be on the market when Model 3s will be running out of tax credits & still selling at a firm MSRP.

          1. guyinacar says:

            Exactly.

            Honda will only just start to “stretch the legs” on its tax credits by 2019, assuming they still exist by then. It’s classic second mover advantage, compounded by explicit US government tax policy. Also, the Clarity EV is promiscuous: it can plug into lots of formats. It can grab a DCFC (SAE combo), L2, or (included) L1. That kind of flexibility will diminish the importance of the Supercharger’s first mover advantage that Tesla enjoys today.

            Too early to say who’s going to win the Great Plug Format War of 2021, but that battle is coming. When the volume manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, GM, VW) have one format, and the e-Golfs, e-Civics, and other e-ppliances are effectively $8k less than a comparable Tesla vehicle with a Betamax plug, we are likely to see a “universal compatibility” mandate happen in each state legislature, lest the working class take out torches and pitchforks. That’s all the more true because a hell of a lot of Superchargers are installed on state property, like 100% of the ones at rest stops. The legislative optics are not good for fancy-schmancy chargers for rich people, but zero chargers for commodity cars.

            It’ll be fun to see where this all lands.

            1. Mark.ca says:

              Format is less important, charging times are what most care about. Honda and VW can be as flexible as they want but will still not be able to compete with Tesla unless their batteries capable to receive the fast charging at comparable rates.

    2. Someone out there says:

      The $35k car that actually costs $36k, unless you want another color than black in which case it’s $37k. And of course, no rebates for you!

  10. Will says:

    DO A. Make it 22K then you might get sales VW

  11. Someone out there says:

    Nope, I’d rather buy the new LEAF.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      LEAF, Bolt, e-Golf An extra 20-50 miles of range can solve a lot of regret. I see many e-Golfs, too. If they work for their drivers, fine, but among other things, “winter’s comin'”.

  12. Tilly says:

    Hopefully great leases like the 2016. My 2016 was $89/month for 30 months. Total outlay for lease = $2900. No trade, including down payment. Less than my cable or phone bill.

    1. DJ says:

      Word. Congrats on that offer. I’d gladly take one at that price these days 😀

      Although now sadly the $2,500 CA rebate is gone 🙁

      1. Mark.ca says:

        $4000 CA credit is still on and many can qualify for it. Driving a free car is really easy.

    2. Mark.ca says:

      Mine was $4200 after credits for 36 months. I thought i got a great deal until i saw what others got. Damn, they are giving them away!

      1. Asak says:

        Same. However we also don’t know exactly what people got with their low lease either. Mine was about the same as yours but also has the upgraded charger and dc fast charger. If the super cheap ones don’t have that then it’s arguably worth the difference in price (unless you’re only charging on a 120v outlet where it makes no difference).

        Also, when I got my e-Golf I had another lease expiring in 2 days. I needed a car then, not in 2-3 months when even better deals came around.

        1. Mark.ca says:

          Yep, yours is better as mine is the base…you’re right, i have a L2 station which i never use so the fast charging option would do nothing for me.

  13. SparkEV says:

    Not sure if behind rear seat space is the same as old model. That was about the only thing good about eGolf.

    As with Leaf, GM would kill eGolf (and just about every EV in low $30K range like Ioniq, FFE) if they offer 40 kWh Bolt at $31415.93 pre-subsidy.

    1. BenG says:

      There’s a picture of the rear cargo with a seat folded down. It looks quite roomy and easily usable. That is one area they’ve done well.

      Price/range/performance value proposition for this car doesn’t look good to me. They are staying on the low end of range, slow acceleration, and $30,500 price for the base model … there’s just nothing to recommend this car. It will never sell in volume.

      The new Leaf at least has better range and acceleration for the price.

      1. Michael Will says:

        What I like about the eGolf is that it is not just roomy (5 people fit comfortably) but also practical in that the 5th (read middle) seat back has a fold-down armrest with cupholders, so if only 4 are traveling you just pull it down next to you. And it folds down in part and completely in order to transport bigger objects.

        1. Asak says:

          What makes the e-Golf nice is mostly that it’s a Golf. VW cars are nicer in my experience than Nissan or Honda, Toyota and probably Chevy although the Volt is pretty close (Volt also has better performance).

      2. john Doe says:

        They are already selling in numbers.
        Maybe not in the US, but that does probably not matter that much. . as long as they sell the numbers they expect (which I don’t know).
        There is a waiting list on the car now – but unlike others they are able to deliver in numbers as well. There are shipments coming every week.
        They may lower prices in California (to reach a certain number), but if they sell cars closer to the production site, profit will probably be higher.
        This is probably the last modification on the car, before the I.D. is released?
        Just hope they keep the ICE car sound insulation in their new EVs too. That is just so nice, when listening to audiobooks and music.
        If you’ve never test driven this car please take the time. It is also very energy efficient (almost like the ionic, but not quite there). The ionic is also woth a try.
        The regen system in the VW is probably among the best.

    2. Mint says:

      And why would GM do that?

      They said LG is charging $145/kWh, so losing 20 kWh only shaves $2900 from the Bolt’s production cost. Why would GM take $6k off the price?

      With the smaller cargo space, uglier looks, and a lack of ProPilot equivalent, I don’t see it doing better anyway.

      The new Leaf is in a great position, destroying every sub-$35k EV. It’ll be a distant second to the Model 3, but will sell much better than the rest.

  14. MarkT says:

    Hope they start selling the 2017 Golf, in 2017.

  15. Texas FFE says:

    This article is a total joke! There is not a single 2017 eGolf for sell in the United States and I doubt if you can even order one. A $7,500 tax credit won’t do you any good if you can’t buy the car.

    1. Lawrence says:

      They just released pricing today. What were your expectations? That they would have cars sitting on lots awaiting pricing to be released?

      1. Texas FFE says:

        It’s almost 2018. Most auto manufacturers are getting ready to sell their 2018 models. My expectation is that Volkswagen would actually sell 2017 models in 2017.

  16. David Lane says:

    When and where (in North America) will this car be available?

    1. Alain says:

      Selling like crazy every where else, norway and européenne market,and in euro Dollars!

  17. M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0 - TBD says:

    Was at the EV event and looked at both. eGolf cargo is smaller than Leaf.

    Cargo:
    Niro>Leaf>eGolf>Bolt. M3? No show.

    –Waiting for Niro EV with their mileage finals and then test drives of all these in 2018 to replace our city hauler CRV+Spark EV. —AND THE LEASE pricing. Nothing like a nicely subsidized 3 year lease <$100/month 🙂

    The Model 3 is replacing our Fiat 500e lease coming due. Going to splurge on that costly EV

    1. john Doe says:

      If you’re looking for cargo space – the Renault Kangoo ZE 5 seat maxi would be an option.
      https://group.renault.com/en/company-vehicles/discover/renault-electric-vehicles/

      Technology vice, it’s not in the same class though.

  18. Lawrence says:

    My e-Golf’s lease is up in a couple of more months. With the new Leaf and the Bolt, I was ready to move onto something else. I really wanted to like the Bolt, but the eGolf is way more comfortable. So now it’s just the new Leaf or another eGolf. I wished VW could have done better with the range, but I’m finding that comfort is not worth sacrificing for range. The eGolf makes a compelling case for those with different priorities than a Bolt. I’ll have to see wait and see how compelling the Leaf is.

    1. Vexar says:

      Sorry the wait is so long for the Model III, it sounds like that would suit you well. Bolt’s seats are like upholstered deck chairs, not comfortable for longer drives.

      1. Lawrence says:

        I actually have an early reservation for a Model 3. We’re going to covert that into a optioned up version for my wife.

        My reasons for not getting a $35k version for myself:
        #1 No lease. I lease my commuter cars
        #2 No tax credit. Tesla is going to focus production on optioned up cars which are more profitable.
        #3 Diversify. Who knows if Model 3’s are going to be unreliable.

      2. justanotherguy50 says:

        I have a Bolt.

        The seats are not great, but they are not that terrible either. You’d expect more comfortable seats, which is why they get so much criticism… but at the same time, they are acceptable.

        1. JoeP says:

          We feel mostly the same way about our LT, but get uncomfortable after 2.5 hours.

          Otherwise we love our Bolt

        2. john Doe says:

          Any problem changing the seats?

          I did in a car a few years ago. They had the same mounting distance, but the comfort difference was like night and day.

          It was just 2 bolts, 2 screws and a power and sensor plug.

          Was done in less then 2 minutes for each seat.

          I got mine from a car that was damaged, and paid under $120 for two seats.

          Now a days, I guess it depends on where the side impact airbag i placed. Seat or side of car..

    2. Asak says:

      If you didn’t like the Bolt, I really don’t think you are going to like the Leaf. The Leaf’s interior is definitely worse than the Bolt’s unless the new version is waaaaay better than the old.

  19. Don Zenga says:

    8 1/2 months of 2017 is gone. Are they going to sell in all states and will they start selling from October.

    Still why did they price it above Leaf even though its range is 25 miles lesser and has 7 cu. ft. lesser interior space.

    Besides we have to specify that its eGolf to our friends and relatives and also when we want to sell, otherwise they will take it for a gasmobile or dirty diesel car. On the other hand, Leaf is a dedicated EV.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      The fact that eGolf can blend in and impersonate the gasser Golf is a plus to many not a disadvantage. Most people i know love the idea of being greener but hate showing it in a droky looking car.

      1. Lawrence says:

        True that statement is. I could be driving a Leaf right now instead of an eGolf if it weren’t so dorky.

      2. Don Zenga says:

        Gasser is dirty and Diesel and dirtier and neither are Elvis Presley to be impersonated.

        Both gas and diesel are cheaper vehicles than electric.

        While Nissan sold 280,000 Leafs, VW did not sell even 10% as many eGolfs and now they have increased the prices. Don’t expect them to sell in higher # anyway.

        1. Mark.ca says:

          Yes, but VW didn’t even try to sell them in US and most of EU. In US the eGolf is still CA only car. They started selling them in 2015 while the leaf is on the market since 2012…you need better comparisons.

  20. menorman says:

    I have a hard time believing that VW actually “gets it” and is ready to be an EV leader, at least here in America. The new e-Golf doesn’t necessarily need more range, but they should’ve been focusing on cutting the price by $1500, not hiking it by the same amount. The $3k delta that that presents will really hamper sales, especially with the new Leaf on the scene.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      Did you missed the part where fast charging is standard in addition to the larger battery?

  21. Benz says:

    VW has already made plans to produce the VW E-Golf in China.

    VW should also make plans to produce the VW E-Golf in the US as well.

    Then VW will be able to sell the VW E-Golf at a lower price, and that will probably result in higher sales numbers.

  22. Bim says:

    VW,BMW and basically all other camanufacturers are not even trying to sell EV, they are just polishing their image and making compliance cars.
    In MY view its Tessla, Nissan and meaby Renault that really have pushed and are trying to actually sell electric cars.
    Personally im quite fed upp with the old manufacturers doing everything they can to hamper EV’s and telling us year after year how good electric cars they will produce in 2020 and 2030……

    1. john Doe says:

      Probably depends on where you live.
      Many car commercials in Norway now, are for electric cars.
      About 50% of all VW Golf models sold, are e-Golf.
      As long as taxes are insane for ICE cars, more and more people will go electric.
      Good for the wallet, good for the environment.

      In total sales, compared to Tesla:
      Nissan Leaf have sold almost 3 times as many.
      BMW i3 almost the same as Tesla.
      VW have sold twice as many as Tesla.
      KIA 2/3
      Mercedes 1/3
      Mitsubishi 1/4
      Renault a bit less then 1/2
      Peugeot about 1/5

      2018 and 2019 will be exciting years when other companies introduce EVs.
      Will take a decade to get most of the ICE cars off the roads.
      For some ICE models, there will not be an EV that can replace it.

      In 2025 there will only be sold EVs in Norway. I guess for Police/Medical/Army there will be exceptions.

  23. Priusmaniac says:

    1500$ more for an extra 11,6 KWh that makes a price of 129$/KWh.
    That is a lot less for a battery boost than the 9000$ Tesla is asking for the 25 KWh boost in the Model 3 which equates to 360$/KWh.
    The base cars are not the same starting from 24,2 KWh and 50 KWh but it still is surprising how the per KWh price can vary so much.
    By the way, the Leaf got a battery boost AND a price reduction. Even stranger.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      Currently the base has not fast charging, this will be standard on 2018 model so it’s not only the battery boost.

  24. Mister G says:

    Compliance car???

    1. Lawrence says:

      Electricity???

    2. Mark.ca says:

      Only in US…

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