• Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
  • Image Credit: Volkswagen
Volkswagen has boosted the single-charge range of its e-Golf electric vehicle to 125 miles for its 2017 model-year version. While the range still trails that of General Motors' Chevrolet Bolt, it marks a 51-percent increase over the 83-mile range of the previous variant. And for those super-persnickety ones, the range is one mile farther than what VW estimated when it unveiled the 2017 e-Golf at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it official this week.

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.

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