The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is now available for configuration at Volkswagen Austria website. With a starting price of 37.990 € it’s clear that Volkswagen is happy to continue to prioritize the gas and diesel variants.
Even if the more powerful 100 kW motor, the 35,8 kWh battery – that provides a range of 200/300 km (EPA/NEDC) – and a ton of optional safety features are great improvements to this 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, the price is way too close to what we can expect to see for the Opel Ampera-e – which has a 383 km EPA range.
Also in Austria, the Renault Zoe Intens R90’s price with the ZE 40 battery – that provides a 403 km NEDC range – starts at 33.990 €, this is 4.000 € less for a car with more range. Not to forget that Renault usually gives good discounts for its electric vehicles, so you can even expect a bigger difference than 4.000 €.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is just the first plug-in car from the VW Group to receive the new 37 Ah Samsung SDI battery cells that replace the 25 Ah Panasonic/Sanyo cells previously used. But others will follow.
One of the most awaited VW to get this 48 % battery capacity increase is the little Volkswagen e-up, let’s just hope that the price doesn’t increase as much as it did for its bigger brother.
While Volkswagen electric cars seem to be lagging behind competition regarding price and range, I’m curious to see how VW will handle the electric cargo vans market.
The upcoming Volkswagen e-Crafter seems OK. It will have a 43 kWh battery and share the same 100 kW motor and the capability to charge at 40 kW DC with the e-Golf. If the price isn’t much higher it can dispute the market with the Renault Kangoo ZE and the Nissan e-NV200, that are about to get a new battery with a capacity of roughly 38 kWh.
To me it seems obvious, Volkswagen isn’t interested in electric cars, at least until 2020, that it’s when the ridiculous NEDC is fully replaced with the WLTP and automakers get tighter emissions standards.
But the story might be different with electric cargo vans, since Volkswagen is still upset with DHL’s decision to make their own electric vehicles, they can’t make the same mistake again. VW’s continued reluctance to build electric cargo vans possibly turned a huge client into a competitor. Well done!
What do you think? At 37.990 € is VW really interested in selling the new e-Golf?
Update: this article was revised because I wrongly assumed that the new 37 Ah battery cells would be made by Volkswagen’s current supplier (Panasonic/Sanyo), but instead, these new cells are made by Samsung SDI.