November 24, 2016 @ 04:25 PM

VW's e-Golf electrifies the LA Auto Show

Volkswagen's upgraded e-Golf premiers at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it has a lot to shout about!

Along with the introduction of the updated Golf, Volkswagen has seen fit to update their electrified version of the Golf as well. The e-Golf will now come with longer range and shorter charging times and new gadgets as well!

 

The e-Golf kicks off productions in 2017 and substantially raises the bar for zero-emission vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries that power the e-Golf have been juiced up to 100kW compared to the 85kW offered in the first generation e-Golf. The power hike includes a 20Nm increase in torque bringing it up to a punch 290Nm. As a result of that, the new e-Golf takes just 9.6 seconds to complete the 100kph sprint and has a top speed of150kph compared from the previous 140kph.

 

The main highlight of is, of course, the driving range which has risen to 200 kilometres a day on a single battery charge depending on driving style of course. The driving range in the New European Driving Cycle (NDEC) is up to 300km while the estimated real world driving range in the USA is 201km making the four door family hatchback a neat all round package. The e-Golf will be most beneficial in densely populated areas.

 

Charging up to 80 per cent is done within an hour from CCS charging stations if you're in a hurry or if you have time on your hands, 100 per cent charge will be achieved within six hours from a standard AC 7.2 kW wallbox. Despite the rise in power, consumption rate remains the same at 12.7 kWh/100km thanks to the improved battery capacity. 

 

Differentiating the new e-Golf from its predecessor is helped with various modification to the exterior designs, new conceptualised full-LED headlights and full-LED tail lights. The front grill features unique e-Golf c-shaped LED daytime running lights. Meanwhile at the rear, turn signals are made more futuristic with narrow translucent LED strips that turn orange when indicating and they transition from LED tail lights and LED brake lights when braking. 

The e-Golf's pièce de résistance lies in the interior. Volkswagen have implemented the immensely popular Active Info Display which is a fully digital instrument cluster with interactive functions borrowed from their Audi sister company. A 12.3-inch colour screen takes over the job of the traditional dials and instrument cluster with the added power meter for the e-Golf. 

 

Also a world’s first for electric cars is the gesture control feature that allows the driver to navigate the infotainment system. The gesture control operates a variety of functions on its 9.2-inch glass display. Making life simpler and at your finger tips is the e-Remote online service that includes starting/stopping battery charging, auxiliary air conditioning, Guide & Inform and the App Connect smartphone interface. 

 

Being a car that will mostly be used in traffic jams, the 2017 e-Golf will come with Traffic Jam Assist that makes driving up to 60kph semi autonomous and pedestrian monitoring for Front Assist and City Emergency Braking.

 

Together with the launch for the new e-Golf, Volkswagen have also announced that they will be producing all electric VW models in Dresden at the Transparent Factory that is being converted to a production facility again. It seems appropriate really, since the Transparent Factory was previously a showcase for e-mobility and digitalisation with exhibits that demonstrated the future of electric mobility. 

 

It would seem that VW are leading the automotive world into everyday affordable electric motoring. Let's hope the streets of Malaysia get the taste of the zero-emission e-Golf as well.

 

Y.Dharmeswaran

 

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