2017 Volkswagen e-Golf electric range grows to 125 miles

Still short of the Bolt's, though longer than the i3's.

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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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