In October, Volkswagen started to accept reservations for the new 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf in Norway, as you can see in this article.
At that time this is what we could read in the Volkswagen website about the new 2017 Volkswagen 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, consulting the same website we have more interesting information.
The price instead of raising, has actually decreased from 281.400 NOK (31.435 €) to 269.900 NOK (30.500 €).
This 4 % price cut is nice, considering that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a much better car than the previous version.
Update: unlike what I wrote previously in this article, this price reduction is not for the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, instead it’s for the fully loaded top spec 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf. This way VW can sell all the remaining old stock before the arrival of the new version.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf gets a more powerful electric motor, better efficiency, faster internal charger, more battery capacity and a lot of safety features that prevent accidents – which the most important is the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) that is now required to get a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Now we have the confirmation that the internal charger power is 7,2 kW, while the DC fast charging with CCS is capped at 40 kW, which is understandable since this electric car doesn’t have a TMS (thermal management system) required to prevent temperature-related battery degradation.
We already knew that the total battery capacity of the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is 35,8 kWh, but now Volkswagen confirmed that the usable battery capacity is 31,5 kWh (88 %).
Not less important is the fact that while the NEDC range increased from 190 km to 300 km, the average consumption has decreased from 12,7 kWh/100 km to 11,9 kWh/100 km. Yes NEDC is an unreliable rating, but what matters is that it confirms that this new version not only has more range, it’s also more efficient.
All in all this new Volkswagen e-Golf will definitely be a success in Norway where not having a TMS doesn’t really matter much. This electric car has roughly 10 kWh less battery capacity than the Renault Zoe with the ZE 40 battery, but is much better equipped regarding comfort and safety.
The gas Volkswagen Golf is the best selling car in Europe by its own merits, this electric version still doesn’t have the range nor price to make the gas version obsolete yet, but it’s getting there. According to Volkswagen it won’t happen before 2020.
Apart from Norway in which other country do you think that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf can be the best selling electric car? Which one do you prefer, the Volkswagen e-Golf or the Renault Zoe with ZE 40 battery?