Volkswagen is presenting the latest generation of the e-Golf* in a world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Compared to its predecessor, the new zero-emission vehicle offers more power, longer range and innovative features. Decisive here is its increased driving range. In terms of an annual average that is relevant to customers, the e-Golf* will now cover up to 200 kilometres or more in everyday driving on one battery charge – depending on driving style and the use of air conditioning. This represents a range extension of around 50 per cent.
Its driving range in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is up to 300 km. This will make the e-Golf*, always delivered as a four-door car, the top choice for people who want to make a statement with a high-quality all-round zero-emission vehicle. In the e-Golf* of the 2017 model year, Volkswagen is employing a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh*. 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 100 kW*, which is 15 kW more power than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 270 Nm to 290 Nm*. In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the combined fuel consumption of the e-Golf* is 12.7 kWh/100 km* with zero local emissions. Volkswagen has also improved the performance of the e-Golf* in the 2017 model year. The four-door zero-emission car now handles the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.6 seconds*, and its top speed increases to 150 km/h*.
Volkswagen introduced a significant update of the Golf just a week ago. All relevant new features were also implemented in the latest version of the e-Golf* being shown in a world premiere in California. They include modified front and rear designs with newly conceptualised full-LED headlights and full-LED tail lights.
Another new feature of the e-Golf* is the Active Info Display (digital instruments). As mentioned, this Volkswagen is also the world’s first electric car to launch with an infotainment system that can be operated by gesture control. The new “Discover Pro” is included as standard. Furthermore, the e-Golf* is once again being delivered with the online services “e-Remote” (includes starting/stopping battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning) and “Guide & Inform” as well as the App Connect smartphone interface (with MirrorLink™/Android, CarPlay™/Apple and Android Auto™/Google).
Volkswagen is also extending the range of assistance systems for the e-Golf* in the 2017 model year. New available systems are Traffic Jam Assist (semi-autonomous driving up to 60 km/h), pedestrian monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Emergency Assist (automatic stopping function in case of driver loses consciousness).