It appears that the Volkswagen e-Golf is doing really well. A couple of weeks ago, they announced that the production of the e-Golf with increased range will have to be doubled because of its strong demand. One major factor is the move by several automakers to offer rebates for drivers who get rid of their old cars in exchange for environmentally friendly cars, which is a good move - not just for the car manufacturer, but also for the environment.
To meet the rising demand, the German automaker will have to switch from single-shift operation to 2 shifts at their Transparent Factory Dresden so that output can be increased from 35 units per day to 70 cars daily. If you add that up, that will give you a total of 2,100 per month as opposed to the original figure of 1,050 only. The increase is said to be gradual with the additional shift to begin only in March 2018.
The e-Golf, as we know, comes equipped with a 35.8 kWh battery that is capable of reaching 125 miles (201 kilometers) EPA. That is a huge improvement (83 miles / 134 kilometers) from the previous version that comes with a 24.2 kWh battery.
The motor now carries out 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, which is also better than the previous model with 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. This is clearly why customers are opting to go for the improved version. Aside from offering a bigger value for their money, it also aims to satisfy the need of those with range anxiety.
That’s not all. According to sources, the e-Golf may even get another battery upgrade before it switches to the MEB platform and the I.D. family. This new upgrade, if it pushes through, will have new, more energy-dense cells that will give it more pack capacity to deliver roughly 48 kWh and a range of a little over 165 miles (265 kilometers).
But it is not just the e-Golf that will be upgraded as changes will also come to the BMW i3 even when it already had been given a boost from 21.6 kWh to 33.2 kWh. It seems like it will be getting another upgrade sometime in late 2018, to a battery with a larger capacity of 43.2 kWh.
Having said all that, the e-Golf is not doing that well internationally. In the United States, sales of the model have gone down by 8.7 percent during the first 11 months of 2017. It went down from 3,494 to only 3,191. Unlike other VW Golf models in the US that are up by 7.4 percent, the e-Golf is the only one that isn’t doing so well there.