The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf figures are officially in, and the new e-Golf upped its EPA-estimated range and fuel economy over last year, as well as improved horsepower and torque. Thanks to a new lithium-ion battery that increases energy capacity to 35.8 kWh over last year’s 24.2 kWh, the total EPA-estimated range of the 2017 e-Golf is now 125 miles on a single charge. This is an increase of 42 miles over the 2016’s 83 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW onboard charger comes standard, allowing for less than six hours of charge time using a 240V charging station. Volkswagen is offering a DC Fast Charging option for the SE, which comes standard on the SEL Premium trim, allowing for an 80 percent charge within an hour at a DC fast charging station.
The new battery also improves fuel economy, resulting in 126 MPGe City / 111 MPGe Highway and combined 119 MPGe, making these EPA-estimates best in the Compact Class. This is up from the 2016 e-Golf, rated at 126 City / 105 Highway. A new 100kWh electric motor is also introduced for 2017 and pushes 134 horsepower and 214 lb-ft torque, up from the 2016’s 85 kWh motor that produces 115 horsepower and 199 lb-ft torque. Top speed increases to 93 mph and the e-Golf can now run the 0-60 in 9.6 seconds.
The best part? The EPA has estimated an annual fuel cost of just $550, based on e-Golf’s projected electricity cost of 13 cents per kilowatt-hour and estimated mileage of 15,000 miles per year. The 2017 gets a facelift, with a new bumper, headlight design, and new front fenders for a more “charismatic” appearance. Other impressive improvements for the 2017 e-Golf include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display, standard LED taillights, optional LED headlights, and an upgraded Driver Assistance Package that includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam control. The 2017 e-Golf goes on sale this spring. Pricing will be available closer to the time it hits dealerships.
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