While the overall Golf family got incremental to mild updates, the all-electric version has been thoroughly enhanced, specifically where owners are hurt the most – yes, it’s range, not the wallet.
We already know that being an early adopter is a wondrous and often disastrous attempt, so all electric buyers have gone used to paying more on their ride than ICE folks and in return getting meager range. But as far as the e-Golf is concerned, the range has now been increased by no less than 50 percent – and Volkswagen has decided to start taking orders from clients at home in Germany – if they are willing to pay at least €35,900. The e-Golf has now gone up from the predecessor’s 24.2-kWh battery pack to a more sizeable one – of 35.8-kWh. And now there’s an official rating of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle. VW itself is now confident its battery will hold enough juice to allow anyone to travel up to 200 km in the real world.
The zero-emissions model will also add in other amenities – standard 9.2-inch touchscreen for the Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control support. There are also lots of safety features, such as Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Monitoring. Other perks include an updated electric motor delivering another 20 hp (15 kW) for a total of 136 hp (100 kW) – enough to propel the e-Golf to 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.6 seconds.