Volkswagen has revealed an updated version of its electric Golf, with more power, more range and an updated interior.

The important figure for customers of electric cars is range, and the e-Golf can now be driven around 124 miles on one charge – that’s approximately 50 per cent further than before.

While that might not seem like a lot compared to petrol cars, Volkswagen is keen to state that the e-Golf’s ‘preferred terrain’ is bustling metropolitan areas and densely populated countries. It’s designed for big city commuters who don’t have too far to travel day-to-day.

There is a new lithium-ion battery with a larger capacity than before, and it can be charged to 80 per cent within an hour using a 40kW station.

Volkswagen has also managed to increase the electric motor’s power output by 15kW to 100kW. The 0-60mph sprint takes 9.4 seconds, which is about one second faster than before, while top speed is marginally higher at 93mph.

The interior receives upgrades recently introduced across the Golf range, including digital instruments and an infotainment system with gesture control. This is designed to allow drivers to scroll through menus with fewer distractions.

Safety systems include traffic jam assist, pedestrian monitoring and emergency brake assist.

Volkswagen has committed heavily to building electric models following the Dieselgate scandal. It wants to have more than 30 different electric vehicles in its model line-up by 2025, and has just announced it is cutting 30,000 jobs worldwide as it restructures the business towards this goal.

The German manufacturer says that it will be creating 9,000 new jobs as part of its investment in new products.

Darren Cassey


November 18, 2016

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