Close on the heels of the updated seventh generation Golf’s launch, Volkswagen has introduced a new refreshed e-Golf. The latest version f the zero-emissions Golf, which was revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, boasts more power, a longer range, and considerably more features than its predecessor.
In fact, the e-Golf’s range has been increased by up to 50 per cent, with Volkswagen claiming that the car will do more than 200 kilometres in everyday driving situation on a single battery charge. While this figure is based on “estimated real- world driving range” measured by EPA in the US, the driving range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) has been estimated at a much higher 300km. This bump in range has been achieved thanks to a new lithium ion battery pack with its capacity increased to 35.8kWh from the previous 24.2kWh. When charged from a 7.2kW AC wall box, this new battery will reach 100 per cent capacity in less than six years, but when charged from a 40kW DC charging station, it can be brought up to 80 per cent of its capacity within just an hour.
The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity within an hour at a CCS charging station (DC, 40 kW). When charged overnight or during the work day from a wallbox (AC, 7.2 kW), the battery is ready to go again with 100 per cent capacity in less than six hours. The energy is converted into forward propulsion more impressively than ever. The electric motor now develops 100kW (134bhp), which is 15kW (20bhp) more power than the previous version of the e-Golf. The maximum torque of the electric motor has also been boosted from 270Nm to 290Nm.
The e-Golf also reflects the design updates made to the regular Golf, including the new full-LED headlights and taillights. It’s also being touted as the world’s first battery-electric car with an infotainment system that offers gesture control as standard, while also being equipped with new safety features such as Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist and Front Assist with pedestrian monitoring, among others.