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The EPA has officially announced that the Volkswagen e-Golf has a range of 125 miles, a 50-percent improvement over the previous model.
That’s due to a new lithium ion battery that has an increased capacity of 34.8 kWh, up 30 percent from the last e-Golf.
The EPA estimates that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf will achieve 126 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in the city and 111 MPGe highway. That’s roughly equivalent to the 2017 BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Bolt and it amounts to an annual fuel cost of just $550, assuming you’re paying 13 cents per kWh.
The e-Golf also benefits from a now standard 7.2 kW on-board charger, allowing the battery to be charged in less than six hours at a 240V charging station. Meanwhile, the optional DC Fast Charging can get you to 80-percent charge in just one hour.
That new battery doesn’t just mean more miles, it means more power, too. Thanks to a new 100 kWh motor, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf produces 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, which is 19 hp and 15 lb-ft more than the 2016 model. Moreover, all of that torque is instantly available.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf hits showrooms in the spring and pricing will be announced closer to then.