Following the beginning of orders in Germany, the new 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf has been granted its official US EPA range rating — 125 miles per full charge. That figure represents a roughly 50% increase on the range of previous model years.
Notably, the refreshed model was granted a combined fuel economy rating of 119 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) by the EPA, which makes the model one of the most “fuel” efficient vehicles on the US market. It’s actually in a tie with the Chevy Bolt EV, only trailing the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf’s estimated fuel economy for city travel (as determined by the US EPA) is 126 MPGe, and the estimate for highway travel is 109 MPGe.
Pricing information has yet to be revealed for the US market. Sales are expected to begin sometime in late Spring.
As with earlier iterations, if you don’t live in California, you’re likely out of luck if you want the model. The company doesn’t seem particularly interested in selling the model in the broader US market, for whatever reasons.
As we reported previously, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf features a 35.8 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack — representing a fairly large increase from the 24.2 kWh battery-packs in use in the model previously.
A 7.2 kW onboard charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, it should be noted. Also notable is that DC fast-charging capability is standard on SEL Premium and optional on SE, allowing for a roughly 80% charge in under an hour (presuming a 50 kW fast charging station).
Another notable improvement accompanying the new 2017 iteration is the inclusion of a 100 kW electric motor, rather than the 85 kW electric motors in use in previous model years. The upgrade improves the model’s torque to 214 pound-feet (up from 199 pound-feet) and improves its 0–60 mph acceleration time to 9.6 seconds.