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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Getting Boost To Range

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf will be getting a notable boost to its range, as compared to earlier model years, according to recent reports.

Owing to improved battery technology, the new model year will reportedly possess a single-charge range roughly 30% larger than earlier models — with a range of around 108 miles, up from the 83-miles-per-charge range (EPA rated) of the current model year.

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The news is coming via Volkswagen’s electronic-development chief Volkmar Tanneberger (via Autoblog Green) so seems likely to have some truth to it. The e-Golf’s current 28-amp-hour battery cells will reportedly be replaced with 37-amp-hour ones — allowing the increase in range, without requiring more space.

Green Car Reports provides more:

That will bring it to near-parity with the 2016 Nissan Leaf, which has a 107-mile range with the optional 30-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Nissan still offers the smaller 24-kWh pack in the base 2016 Leaf S, and it still has a 1-mile advantage over the 2016 e-Golf with 84 miles of range.

However, the e-Golf currently has a marginally higher efficiency rating than any Leaf model, at 116 MPGe combined. (MPGe is a measure of how far a car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.) In comparison, the 24-kWh Leaf is rated at 114 MPGe combined, while 30-kWh models are rated at 112 MPGe combined. It’s unclear whether that advantage will hold after Volkswagen makes its range-boosting modifications.

The 2017 model year will also reportedly feature a “high-tech” revamping of the electronic interface. A launch date has yet to be revealed for the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, so the exact date that the increased range will be available to US buyers is still unknown.

The model remains something of a “compliance car” for the company though, so those outside of relevant states/districts (California, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Maine, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and DC) probably don’t have a reason to take heed of any of this. 🙂

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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