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.