Longer-range VW EVs just around the corner? – Autoweek

Report: 186-mile e-Golf due late this year or very early following year

Volkswagen guaranteed a longer-range e-Golf by 2019, yet now it appears the company’s EV hatch will certainly quickly be upgraded to an assortment of 186 miles in the European cycle, up from 118 miles in the current model.

Autocar reports VW has actually been functioning regard a target of 300 kilometers regard a complete charge. Volkswagen’s technical progress boss Frank Welsch told Autocar that the upgraded e-Golf will certainly debut late this year or very early following year.

The current model has actually an EPA rating of 83 miles, so the upgrade is most likely to job out to regarding 125 to 140 miles under the U.S. formula.

Even along with upgrades, the e-Golf is a benchwarmer with regard to yet another electric model anticipated in the coming years. At the 2016 Geneva motor show VW CEO Matthias Mueller announced strategies for an electric family automobile along with an assortment of 500 kilometers, or 310 miles, regard a complete charge. Mueller likewise boasted recharge times of merely 15 minutes, lesser pricing compared to the Golf itself, according to Autocar.

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“All-electric ranges of over 500 km are feasible by completion of the decade,” Mueller said. “Charging will certainly just take as lengthy as a coffee break. And in the lengthy term, an electric automobile will certainly expenditure much less compared to a automobile along with an internal combustion engine.”

Volkswagen is anticipated to usage the MEB platform with regard to this uber-Golf, which will certainly be placed above the pocket-sized e-Up! hatch regard sale in Europe and various other markets. In all, VW promises twenty brand-new EVs and hybrids by 2020, up from 9 EVs and hybrids it currently supplies worldwide.

VW’s dive in to electric cars is anticipated to hasten the demise of diesel powerplants; ironically, though, the monetary fallout from the diesel scandal might sluggish the automaker’s electrification strategy.