The Kreisel e-Golf just got better
Volkswagen should learn something from this project.
Kreisel Electric battery factory in Austria will open in approximately 5 months from now, as you can see in a previous article. For this reason it makes sense that the company decided to give us more details of what we can expect from its batteries.
The Kreisel’s e-Golf project isn’t new, we already knew that it has a 55,7 kWh battery made with thousands of tiny cylindrical battery cells. What’s new is that not only the volume, but also its weight (330 kg) remains the same when compared to the original 24,2 kWh battery made by Volkswagen. It also has the ability to be charged from 20 to 80 % in just 20 minutes at 150 kW CCS fast chargers.
Let’s sum up what makes this Kreisel e-Golf great:
- 55,7 kWh battery
- Range from 350 to 450 km
- Charge 20 to 80 % in just 20 minutes at 150 kW CCS fast chargers
- The battery weight and volume remained the same
- The battery is worry-free since it has active liquid cooling
What I like the most about Kreisel is that it shows us what is possible to achieve with today’s technology. Unfortunately only in 2020 we’ll see something similar built by Volkswagen, as we recently learned from the I.D. concept car.
As we saw in a previous article superminis are extremely popular in Europe, this is why a good electric Volkswagen e-Golf would easily be a top seller. It makes me want to go to a Volkswagen dealer and ask information about the new e-Golf I just heard that has a 55,7 kWh battery and doesn’t emit NOx poisonous gases.
Until Volkswagen wakes up and the Opel Ampera-e production increases, I think that Renault Zoe and Nissan Micra EV will dominate the European market. I do hope that Nissan doesn’t make the same mistake as Renault did and allow the Micra EV to charge at 100-150 kW CCS fast chargers.
What do you think? Will the opening of Kreisel’s factory in March 2017 make Volkswagen move faster in the electric mobility? Or they’ll just ignore Kreisel’s achievements?