Compared to its predecessor, the revised Volkswagen e-Golf offers more power, longer range and more features with fully digital instruments and more safety kit available. In the e-Golf of the 2017 model year, Volkswagen is employing a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh.The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity within an hour at a CCS charging station. When charged overnight or during the work day from a 7kw wallbox the battery is ready to go again with 100 per cent capacity in less than six hours.
The electric motor now develops 100 kW, which is 15 kW more power than the first generation of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 270 Nm to 290 Nm. This translates to a zero to 60mph time of 9.6 seconds, down from the previous 10.4 seconds, with the top speed increased to 93mph.
Volkswagen introduced a significant update of the Golf in Europe just a week ago. All relevant new features were also implemented in the latest version of the e- Golf being shown in a world premiere in California. They include modified front and rear designs with newly conceptualised full-LED headlights and full-LED tail lights.
The face of of the e-Golf now carries now details. The side extensions of the blue trim strip of the fully closed-off front radiator grille, which is characteristic of the zero-emission model, transition into winglets that run into the new LED dual headlights. The winglets are framed by the LED daytime running lights. Typical e-Golf features: the unmistakable c-shaped LED auxiliary daytime running lights inthe bumper.
At the rear you will find the new bumper and new full-LED tail light. The top version of the lights has cascading indicators as seen on many Audi models. This version can be recognised by a narrow strip of translucent white LEDs that turns orange when indicating.
The Active Info Display of the e-Golf is a fully digital instrument cluster similar to Audi‘s Virtual cockpit. All instruments – including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter – are displayed within a 12.3-inch colour screen. The screen enables the driver to show the information he/she requires such as navigation and assistance functions along with information from the driver’s telephone.
The standard “Discover Pro” has a large 9.2- inch glass display with a completely new design allowing gesture control or by the usual touch operation or voice control. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the driver to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or browse through the playlist or music album covers.