2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

We've known for quite some time now that Volkswagen has been working on a longer-range e-Golf.

Some three months back, VW confirmed that a 186-mile (300km) e-Golf was in the works. However, at the time it was believed that this long-range e-Golf wouldn't launch until 2018 or 2019.

Now, it seems that this improved e-Golf may actually come to market much sooner than previously expected.

Frank Welsch, Volkswagen's technical development boss, apparently let Autocar in on a secret. As Autocar reports, a "heavily revamped VW e-Golf will go on sale at the end of this year or early next year, with a claimed electric range of 186 miles, up from the current model’s 118 miles."

Apparently, this "heavily revamped e-Golf" will be the 186-mile one that's been talked about in the past. If true, then Volkswagen will have a longer range competitor on the market much sooner than we anticipated.

Editor's note:  This "186 mile" would seem to be in reference to Euro-zone/NEDC estimates, where the current e-Golf is rated at 118 miles (190 km).  The real world/EPA range of the e-Golf stands at 83 miles (134 km) today, meaning the 2017 upgraded VW would have about 130-135 miles (210-217 km) of range.

Beyond the improved e-Golf, there's talk from Welsch of VW Group going all in on electric cars:

“The MEB platform toolkit gives us the perfect opportunity to gain scale by using the platform solution in as many ways as possible. If we can achieve scale then all sorts of things will become open to us, from reduced costs to faster R&D.”

“Cell technology is moving forward quickly and will move even faster in future.”

Source: Autocar, hat tip to Alan C!