In fact, there's good news all the way around for the 2017 e-Golf, which goes on sale this spring. Output is up to 134 horsepower from 115, while the car is torquier as well, so the car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than 10 seconds. There are a few styling updates in store as well, while fast-charging will juice up the vehicle to 80 percent in about an hour.
The upgrade is reminiscent of Volkswagen's German brethren BMW, which last year boosted the single-charge range of its i3 to 114 miles from 81 miles. And VW is hoping the improvements kickstart some additional sales for the low-volume model, though the company didn't give any pricing details, so that should be a major factor. Last year, the German automaker moved 3,395 units of the e-Golf, which marked a 17-percent drop from a year earlier. Last month, e-Golf sales held relatively steady at 332 units. That's just slightly less than what Bimmer sold of the i3 in January but still less than a third of Bolt sales.