An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor have enabled the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf to achieve an EPA rating of the electric equivalent of 126 mpg city/111 highway/119 combined and an estimated range up to 125 miles on a single charge.
The 2017 e-Golf, which goes on sale this spring, is equipped with an upgraded 35.8 kWh battery pack and a new 100 kW electric motor, capable of producing 134 hp. Both are improvements over the previous e-Golf, which had a 24.2 kWh battery and 85 kW motor producing 115 hp, with an estimated range of 83 miles on a single charge. The EPA rated the previous e-Golf at the equivalent of 126 mpg city/105 highway/116 combined.
A 7.2 kW on-board charger will be standard on SE and SEL Premium trims, giving the compact a charging time of under six hours with a 240-volt charging station. With DC fast-charging, which comes standard on the higher trim, the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour, VW says.