Last Saturday, at Formula E race in Berlin, Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Volkswagen’s Electrics/Electronics Development, revealed more information about the improved Volkswagen e-Golf that will arrive in autumn later this year.
That a bigger battery would come was already known, what’s new it’s a more powerful motor.
This is what changes:
- Motor: 85 kW -> 120 kW
- Cells: 25 Ah -> 37 Ah
- Battery: 24,2 kWh -> 35,8 kWh
- NEDC Range: 190 km -> 300 km
- CCS is limited to 50 kW, 75-100 kW would be nice
- Still no three phase charging (it should be at least offered as option)
Three phase charging and faster CCS would help to differentiate from the upcoming Opel Ampera-e with 60 kWh battery.
The surprise also comes from the NEDC range that increases 58 %, while the battery capacity only improves by 48 %. The fact that the new improved BMW i3 reached 312/300 km range goal (depending on wheel trims) can explain why Volkswagen felt the need to also reach it. A more efficient motor and some aerodynamic teaks can justify the 10 % difference between the battery capacity and range increase. The real world range is around 200 km for both improved BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf.
Price is still unknown, but it will probably remain the same since there are many alternatives coming. Volkswagen and BMW will have to advertised them really well, or else risk to be surpassed by the less premium Opel brand with the Opel Ampera-e.
The fact that the old 24,2 kWh battery will be discontinued and Volkswagen will focus on the new 35,8 kWh battery is in my opinion a good decision.
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