In 2015, the Volkswagen e-Golf was the most sold plug-in car in Norway, in some months this model was even the most sold car overall, beating ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars with ease. But in 2016 this is no longer true.
Now Volkswagen is trying to regain the electric leadership in Norway with the facelifted and improved e-Golf. If you live in Norway you’ll be able to reserve it starting this week, this probably makes it the first country to get it.
This is what Volkswagen underlines in the new e-Golf:
- Exterior upgrades with new LED lights and new front bumper, new LED lights and new rear bumper
- New infotainment system with 9.2 ” color touch screen, 3D display, App Connect and Car-Net Guide & Inform
- Significantly more standard equipment including heat pump, parking sensors front and rear, new upholstery etc.
- New enhancements electrically adjustable driver seat with memory, Active-Info Display and safety system Emergency Assist
- More powerful battery pack with extended range 300 km measured by NEDC
- More powerful electric motor of 100 kW/136 HPIt is believed that the starting price of the new e-Golf will be approximately 10-15 % higher than the current e-Golf.
Now that less premium brands like Opel and Renault are about to sell electric cars with more range, 300 km NEDC range seems very little for more expensive automakers like Volkswagen and BMW.
At least in the BMW i3’s case in Europe, it has a very useful 11 kW internal 3-phase charger, but this probably won’t be the case for the Volkswagen e-Golf. The unverified information I got says that it’ll have a simple 32 A single-phase charger.
Overall I think the Volkswagen e-Golf is a great electric car. It’s no accident that its ICE version is the most sold car in Europe. But unless it costs considerably less than Opel Ampera-e I can’t see it succeed.
In Germany orders should also be possible soon, since the older model is no longer available in Volkswagen’s online configurator.
While most first deliveries should start in January next year, we might see some happening this year in December, just in time for Christmas.
What do you think? Can the Volkswagen e-Golf be successful now that alternatives with better range are arriving?