Volkswagen has announced that the EPA has released its official fuel economy estimates for the 2017 e-Golf.
Equipped with a new lithium-ion battery that increases the energy storage capacity to 35.8 kWh from 24.2 kWh, the e-Golf now offers a driving range of 125 miles compared to the 83 mile range of the outgoing model. Improvements in battery chemistry have also resulted in the e-Golf attaining best in class EPA fuel economy for the compact segment, with a combined city/highway rating of 119 MPGe.
The 2017 e-Golf now features a new 100 kWh electric motor that produces 124 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, an upgrade over the 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque provided by the 85 kWh electric motor used for the 2016 model. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph has been reduced to 9.6 seconds, with the top speed hitting 93 mph.
Volkswagen says that the 7.2 kW charger that comes standard with the SE and SEL Premium trim levels allows the battery to be charged in less than six hours when using a 240V station. With the optional DC Fast Charging upgrade, the battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity in less than an hour.
Expect the 2017 e-Golf to be available starting in spring, with pricing details to be announced closer to the launch.