Volkswagen has confirmed its electric Golf compact hatchback will be able to go by 30 percent further, thanks to an upcoming battery upgrade.
The e-Golf will receive new batteries that will allow the electric hatchback to increase its driving distance by nearly 30 percent. In a talk with Autoblog during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Volkmar Tanneberger, the company’s head of electronic development, has revealed the e-Golf is soon to be fitted with new batteries featuring 37 amp hours cells, up from 28 amp hours currently. And the best technical part, he said, is that this improvement does not require any physical changes to the battery design. “It’s the same package but just with the next generation of cells,” Tanneberger added, but without revealing specifically when Volkswagen plans to bring this new update.
According to estimates made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the e-Golf has a maximum range of 83 miles. Therefore, a 30 percent boost will increase the model’s range around 108 miles. If this upgrade is going to be implemented, the e-Golf will be able to match the 107-mile range of Nissan’s Leaf, which comes packed with a 30-kWH battery.
Power to the Volkswagen e-Golf SE is being provided by an electric motor which is rated at 115 HP (85 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in less than 10.4 seconds. The maximum range of the car stands at 83 miles (133 km), with an EPA rating of 126 / 105 / 116 mpg in city / highway / combined.