New chemistry, more power, more range… Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 23, 2017 2017 e-Golf – Pricing TBA while EPA rated at 125 miles range and 119 MPGe. Yesterday VW announced that is upcoming upgraded 2017e-Golf will provide future owners almost 51 percent more range than the current 2016 model. According to the release, the brand upgraded the e-Golf’s Li-Ion traction battery with new chemistry while also upgrading the electric motor for more performance. For the 2017 MY, the VW Golf will arrive with a new larger capacity, 35.8 kWh Li-Ion battery, 11.6 kWh larger than the current 2016 VW e-Golf’s 24.2 kWh Li-Ion pack. In terms of all-electric range (AER), the 2017 e-Golf’s rated AER of 125 miles is substantially higher than the 2016s 83 miles. If the two packs are being controlled within the same upper and lower SoC bands, the 48 percent increase in capacity has allowed a 50.6 percent increase in range. VW did not provide anything related to mass of the new pack but I suspect a small amount of the hatch cargo volume will be consumed with a much thicker pack stowed in the lower recesses of the rear cargo area. 2017 VW e-Golf In addition, the large 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both the SE and SEL Premium trims allowing a full charge from flat in less than 6-hours. Finding a 7.2 kW charger is not as easy as you would believe. The SAE CCS DCFC is still optional on SE and standard on SEL Premium. With it, the pack from flat to full takes less than an hour. With the new larger and more efficient pack and motor, efficiency, not just range, has moved upwards as well. The new electric motor is a 134 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, 19 more hp and 15 lb-ft of torque more than that offered in the current 2016 e-Golf. 0 to 60 is now 9.6 seconds and its top speed is 93 mph vs the current > 10 seconds to 60 mph with a top speed of 87 mph. Unfortunately VW stated it is the most efficient BEV Compact Class at 119 MPGe combined. This matches the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt but is far off the mark of the all-new Ioniq Electric at 136 MPGe. The following list tells the story. 2016 VW e-Golf in Death Valley U.S. Battery Electric Vehicle Efficiency and Range Competitive Comparison 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric (118 hp/215 lb-ft. of torque w/ 28.08 kWh pack at 103.7 Wh/kg) 150/122/136 MPGe city/highway/combined and 124 miles AER 2017 Chevrolet Bolt (200 hp/266 lb-ft. of torque w/ 59.9 kWh pack at 140 Wh/kg) 128/110/119 MPGe city/highway/combined and 238 miles AER 2017 VW e-Golf (134 hp/214 lb-ft. of torque w/ 41.1 kWh/35.8 kWh usable pack at 104.1 Wh/kg) 126/111/119 MPGe city/highway/combined and 125 miles AER 2016 VW e-Golf (115 hp/199 lb-ft. of torque w/ 27.2 kWh/24.2 kWh usable pack at 76.1 Wh/kg) 126/105/116 MPGe city/highway/combined and 83 miles AER 2017 Nissan LEAF (107 hp/187 lb-ft. of torque w/ 29.88 kWh pack at 102 Wh/kg) 124/101/112 MPGe city/highway/combined and 107 miles AER VW stated the 2017 e-Golf pricing and dealership availability will occur sometime this Spring.