The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf made its auto show debut at AutoMobility LA. Not only the new e-Golf has more range and power, it also has plenty safety features that help the driver to avoid accidents.
Let’s see Volkswagen’s press release:
Next-generation e-Golf offers improved driving range and new technology throughout
- Increased battery capacity offers potential for 50 percent improved driving range
- Power and torque are boosted to 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet
- New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments
- New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system
- Upgraded Driver Assistance Package 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)
- Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights
Los Angeles, CA — In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.
For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 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 fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional 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.
The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. 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 more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.
The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter—are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.
The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App-Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.
Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a nice upgrade, the battery capacity increased 48 % from 24,2 kWh to 35,8 kWh and now provides a 124 miles (200 km) EPA range. Much better than the old 83 miles (134 km) range.
The new electric motor is not only more powerful (increased from 85 kW to 100 kW) and faster, but it’s also more efficient.
But safety features like the AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) are what make this car present itself as a modern car. Cars without this kind of safety features – that prevent accidents – no longer get a Euro NCAP’s 5-star safety rating.
It’s the obvious lack of safety features that make me feel that the Renault Zoe even with the new 41 kWh battery is still an old generation car. I hope that Nissan doesn’t make the same mistake and introduces AEB to the new Nissan Leaf.
While most of us would want more range, I think that the biggest con in this electric car is the lack of a Thermal Management System (TMS) to protect the battery from degradation in hot climates. But it won’t be a problem to Norwegians that understandably love this electric car.
With the increasing expansion of the charging public network, I think that 100 miles (161 km) electric cars if they are cheaper, have their place in a world where 200 miles (322 km) range is about to become the norm.
What do you think? Do all the new features in the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf make it appealing to you? Or you think that the battery capacity is all that defines if an electric car is good or bad?