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Volkswagen announced last week that the new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. The 2017 E-Golf will use a 35.8-kWh battery pack to provide an EPA-estimate average driving range of 125 miles—offering 130.3 miles in the city and 117.7 miles in highway driving. The 2017 E-Golf goes on sales in the spring.
Volkswagen will introduce a new electric car—about the size of the Golf and able to go more than 200 miles on a single charge—by 2019. Meanwhile, according to a new report in Automotive News, Ford is planning to launch its own 200-plus-mile electric car in early 2019. Ford is expected to use “Model E” as the brand name for a family of compact cars using hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains.
Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller last week said his company plans to sell as many as 3 million plug-in electric vehicles per year by 2025, representing as much as a quarter of the company’s total projected sales. To put that in perspective—in the span of about two product cycles—VW plans to sell in a single year at least twice as many plug-in cars as exist today on Planet Earth.
Volkswagen executives confirmed this week that the next generation of the E-Golf—due before the end of 2016—will benefit from an increase in battery capacity from 24.2 kilowatt-hours to 35.8 kWh. That’s a jump of 48 percent, pushing driving range to between about 115 and 125 miles.
The Volkswagen E-Golf may not be the best-selling eco-friendly compact car on the market—or even the top-selling compact all-electric vehicle. But in terms of what makes a small car great and green, according to AAA, the E-Golf is the best overall compact green car on the market.
How can Volkswagen reform its reputation as a green carmaker? Maybe the events at Frankfurt last provide clues. Executives told reporters that VW plans to release 20 different EV and plug-in hybrid models by 2020. For Volkswagen, plug-ins could be a lifeline.
Following a trend toward price reductions on all-electric vehicles, Volkswagen today announced a lower-priced version of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf. Previously only available in an SEL trim for $35,445 (plus a $820 destination charge), the new Limited Edition drops the entry level price by $2,000 to $33,450.
Volkswagen announced today that the 2015 E-Golf electric cars was rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 126 city, 105 highway, and 116 combined miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent. In the world of EVs, these efficiency numbers take a secondary role to the all-important range number: how far an EV can go on a single charge.
Volkswagen today announced that the E-Golf, its first all-electric car, will be priced at $36,265 (including destination and delivery). The announcement sets the cost of the E-Golf in between the more affordable popular Nissan LEAF, which sells for $29,800, and German luxury EVs—the BMW i3 and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive—offered at $42,300 and $42,400 respectively.