More efficient, more power and longer range. This is how we could best describe the electric version of the Volkswagen Golf for the 2017 model year.
In terms of efficiency, the new 2017 VW e-Golf could boast of being one of the most efficient EVs, as the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) just rated the electric compact car as having fuel economy figures of 126 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway and 119 MPGe combined. Yes, compared to the 2016 version, the 2017 VW e-Golf has a lot more to offer, thanks to a more dynamic electric motor as well as to a more powerful battery pack.
The electric motor serving as the core of the 2017 VW e-Golf has been upgraded to deliver a max output of 134 horsepower and maximum torque of 214 pound-feet. These numbers represent improvements of 19 hp (from 115 hp) in output and 15 lb.-ft. (from 199 lb.-ft.) in torque over the figures provided by the electric motor installed inside the 2016 VW e-Golf. This increase in power output and torque translates to a surge in top speed by around six miles per hour to 93 mph (from 87 mph).
In addition, the 2017 VW e-Golf is now able to accelerate on a quicker pace from zero to 60 mph in just around in 9.6 seconds. All of these were achieved by increasing the capacity of the electric motor in the VW e-Golf from 85 kWh in the 2016 version to 100 kWh in the latest iteration of the electric car from Wolfsburg, Germany.
In an electric car, the motor is always in tandem with a battery pack, which also received a significant improvement for the 2017 model of the VW e-Golf. The 2016 version of the VW electric car features a lithium-ion battery pack that has a power capacity of 24.2 kWh. This is good enough to allow a fully charged 2016 e-Golf to achieve a total range of 83 miles before needing to be re-plugged for charging. The German carmaker thought this wasn’t enough to further impress its customers or attract new ones, so VW made a good move to improve the power capacity of the lithium-ion battery pack from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh – an increase of around 48 percent over the 2016 VW e-Golf.
Along with this improvement in power capacity is the hike in combined highway and city range to 125 miles or a surge of 51 percent. This makes the driving range of the 2017 VW e-Golf comparable to other electric cars in the same price range. For instance, the 2017 Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric have driving ranges of 107 miles and 124 miles, respectively. However, the Chevrolet Bolt EV still lords over these units as it goes as far as 238 miles on a single battery charge.
It’s also quite an advantage that the 2017 VW e-Golf comes with an on-board charger of 7.2 kW for SE and SEL Premium trims, which is good for a full recharge in barely 6 hours when connected to a Level 2 charging station (240V). A DC Fast Charging (standard on SEL Premium but optional on SE) system allows a user to charge the battery to 80 percent of full capacity in just an hour when connected to a DC fast charging station.