VW releases 2017 e-Golf with boosted range but with higher price tag

Article by Christian A., on September 15, 2017

Volkswagen today announces the official pricing of the e-Golf plus more details about the equipment for each trim available. The updated 2017 model year, which is set to go on sale today, will come with a base price of $31,315 including $820 destination charges. The trim levels are SE, Limited and SEL Premium. The higher-spec Limited Edition trim goes by the price of $33,795 while the SEL Premium sells for about $36,995. As before, purchasing a new Volkswagen e-Golf comes with up to $7,500 federal tax credit.

The new version now gets a boosted range of around 83 to 125m from the new 35.8kWh battery pack instead of the 24.2-kWh from the previous e-Golf. Additionally, the 7.2kW charger now comes as standard on the SE, which will only take less than 6 hours to recharge with the use of a 240V charging station. Otherwise, customers can also have the optionally available DC fast charging unit (on the SE variant) for an additional price of $995. Within one hour, the DC fast charger can replenish the EV's battery by up to 80%.

While the previous model can offer highly efficient fuel returns, with the new battery’s increased energy capacity and improved battery chemistry, the new e-Golf now also has better fuel economy. To compare, the 2017 VW e-Golf’s fuel returns are now 126 mpg for the city, 111 mpg for the highway and 119 mpg for the combined cycle. The 2016 MY e-Golf on the other hand only puts a total of 126 mpg, 105 mpg and 116 mpg in the same order.

The overall price increase may be due to the more powerful electric motor with its output increasing by up to 15kW (19 horsepower) and about 15lb-ft of torque. Because of this, the new e-Golf’s total output is now 134hp and 214lb-ft more powerful than before. In the same way, Volkswagen has also improved the EV’s performance, with the e-Golf going to 60 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 93 miles per hour than the previous model's 83mph.

Among the three, the SE or the base model will have the more standard equipment such as the 8-inch touch screen, leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and tail lights in LED. As for the Limited Edition, the mid-range model will be getting the standard DC fast charger, leatherette upholstery plus techs like maneuver braking and park distance control.

Meanwhile the SEL Premium will also have the DC fast charger as standard equipment along with the 8-inch touch screen with built-in navigation system. There is also the optionally available adaptive cruise control with stop and go capability, lane assist, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, forward collision warning with auto braking as well as pedestrian monitoring.

Press Release

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).

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.

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).

Source: VW

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