Shortly after the presentation of the facelifted Golf shows VW now the revised E-Golf at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Volksstromer can especially impress with a significant increase in range.
The E-Golf owes its increased range to an improved battery cell chemistry, thanks to which the energy content of the lithium-ion battery rises from 24,2 to 35,8 kWh. Thanks to the 50 percent increase in storage capacity, the E-Golf can travel 300 kilometers on a single charge instead of the previous 200 kilometers. On a quick charging station (DC / 40 kW), the battery should be 80 percent rechargeable within an hour, on a wall box (AC / 7,2 kW) you have to expect a good six hours for a 100 percent charge. Despite the significantly increased capacity of the battery, it takes up the same space as the old one. Only in terms of weight did the electricity storage unit gain 30 kilograms.
In addition, VW has revised the drive of the E-Golf. The power of the electric motor has increased from 116 PS / 85 kW to 100 kW / 136 PS and in parallel the torque from 270 to 290 Newton meters. This has improved driving performance: the sprint time has been reduced from 10,4 to 9,6 seconds, and the top speed has increased from 140 to 150 km / h. By contrast, the NEDC consumption remains the same at 12,7 kWh.
In addition, the E-Golf benefits from the innovations in model maintenance. Among other things, the design of the front and rear as well as the LED headlights and LED rear lights have been revised. The digital instrument cluster Active Info Display is used in the interior. Standard equipment also includes the Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9,2-inch display, which will also respond to gesture control in the future and will have all the latest smartphone interfaces.
The number of assistance systems has also been expanded. The traffic jam assistant is new, allowing semi-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 60 km / h. The city emergency braking function can also recognize pedestrians in the future. There is also an emergency assist that can automatically stop the Golf if the driver faints.
From the beginning of 2017, VW will take orders for the E-Golf. The official launch will take place in April. VW does not yet name a price, but despite the significantly more powerful battery, it should be based on the previous price of around 35.000 euros. (Mario Hommen / SP-X)