2017 Volkswagen e-Golf gets 125 miles EPA range

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

 

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a nice electric car that could be better.

 

Prepare for the shock, a Volkswagen’s press release of an electric car that actually exists:

 

“2017 E-GOLF OFFERS IMPROVED RANGE AND FUEL ECONOMY

Feb 22, 2017

EPA releases official fuel-economy numbers for the new e-Golf

  • 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 annual fuel cost of $550
  • Upgraded electric motor produces 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque

Herndon, VA, February 22, 2017  — Volkswagen of America, Inc., is pleased to announce fuel economy figures for the 2017 e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the new e-Golf offers an improved EPA-estimated range and fuel economy, as well as more power.

For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery with an increased energy capacity of 35.8 kWh from 24.2 kWh. The new 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 both SE and SEL Premium 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 SEL Premium), the battery can be charged 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 2017 e-Golf EPA estimates are the best in the Compact Class, as defined by the EPA.

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 93 mph.

In addition to these engineering improvements, the 2017 e-Golf is wallet friendly. Using 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, the EPA has estimated an annual fuel cost of just $550.

The 2017 e-Golf goes on sale this Spring. Pricing will be announced closer to market introduction.”

 

Here is what’s important about the new Volkswagen e-Golf:

  • Motor power increased from 85 to 100 kW
  • 7,2 kW internal charger is standard
  • Battery capacity increased from 24,2 to 35,8 kWh
  • EPA range increased from 83 to 125 miles (134 to 201 km)
  • Introduction of many optional safety features with the “Upgraded Driver Assistance Package” which now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist)

 

The efficiency rating deserves a separate space since here too we see an improvement.

 

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf:

  • Combined city/highway: 116 MPGe (18,05 kWh/100 km)
  • City: 126 MPGe (16,62 kWh/100 km)
  • Highway: 105 MPGe (19,94 kWh/100 km)

 

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

  • Combined city/highway: 119 MPGe (17,6 kWh/100 km)
  • City: 126 MPGe (16,62 kWh/100 km)
  • Highway: 111 MPGe (18,86 kWh/100 km)

 

If we want to see the EPA range in more detail we get:

 

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf:

  • Combined city/highway: 83 miles (134 km)
  • City: 90 miles (145 km)
  • Highway: 75 miles (121 km)

 

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

  • Combined city/highway: 125 miles (201 km)
  • City: 132 miles (213 km)
  • Highway: 117 miles (188 km)

 

While the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a great improvement when compared to its previous version, it’s clear that Volkswagen’s mind is still in plug-in hybrids. This is why they chose battery cells made especially for PHEVs.

 

Samsung SDI at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017

 

In the picture above we can see the battery cell chosen for every Volkswagen plug-in car (BEV and PHEV), the Samsung SDI 37 Ah. If instead of choosing the PHEV2 type battery cells (37 Ah), Volkswagen went with the BEV4 type (50 Ah) for the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, its battery capacity would be 48,38 kWh and its EPA range around 169 miles (272 km). Sometimes it looks like automakers undermine their own electric cars on purpose, but this can’t be true…

Only stricter emissions standards in 2020 and increasing competition from the upcoming Tesla Model 3 can shift Volkswagen’s focus from PHEV to BEV. It’s going to be a long wait but it’ll happen… until then, Volkswagen will keep blaming its customers – for not buying overpriced electric cars – or saying that the technology to make better electric cars doesn’t exist yet.

 

To sum up, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a nice electric car that could be a lot better if it hadn’t been compromised with battery cells made for PHEVs.

 

What do you think?

 

 

More info:

http://media.vw.com/release/1345/

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=38549

Pedro Lima

More than natural resources, are wasted human resources that bothers me the most. That’s why I’m a strong advocate of a society based on cooperation, not competition, that helps every individual to reach his full potential so that he can contribute back to society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.

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7 Responses

  1. Apkungen says:

    The numbers don’t add up though. The usable capacity of the upgraded model’s battery must really suck. If the larger battery car would have the same range/kWh of the battery number as the old one the new one would get an EPA range of 133 miles. A more efficient car that gets lower EPA range than the previous version compared to the battery sizes of the cars does not sound good to me…
    The new model:
    Combined energy use

  2. Pedro says:

    Can you please update the range and eficiency table. Thank you.

  3. lo says:

    e-golf comes without TMS, right? Ioniq will have greater range than e-golf in winter

    • Pedro Lima says:

      Since Volkswagen doesn’t mention it, we can assume it doesn’t have one. However, the battery cells are no longer from Panasonic/Sanyo, now they are supplied by Samsung SDI so other things might have changed in the battery pack.

  4. NoNo says:

    The BEV cells are thicker, VW wouldn’t be able to fit the same number into the same pack. They won’t redesign the pack mid generation.

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