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VW Stretches the Range of its e-Golf

Battery hatchback to get gesture control.

by on Nov.17, 2016

The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf gets a 50% bigger battery pack, pushing its range to 134 miles on a charge.

Volkswagen is hoping to get more buyers to plug into the all-electric version of its compact Golf line and is betting a longer-range version could give the 2017 VW e-Golf more momentum.

Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the battery-electric vehicle gets a 50% bigger battery pack for 2017 that also let it travel nearly 50% further on each charge. That will make it one of the longest-range models on the market, though the e-Golf will get barely half the range of the new Chevrolet Bolt when it hits showrooms in the coming weeks.

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The debut of the updated e-Golf serves as a signal that Volkswagen is committed to battery power. Phasing back on its once-popular diesels in the week of a global emissions test cheating scandal, VW now says it will have as many as 30 different pure battery-electric models in its line-up within a decade, including a production version of the little I.D. model that was unveiled at the recent Paris Motor Show. (more…)

Volkswagen Contemplates Building a Gigafactory

New plant to supply burgeoning EV line-up.

by on May.31, 2016

Volkswagen officials show off the maker's new battery electric minivan concept, BUDD-e, earlier this year.

Since the scandal surrounding its diesel engines broke, Volkswagen has been pushing its electrification program to the fore to show its commitment to green technologies. Skeptics wondered how serious the maker was.

Apparently giga-serious.

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The company is contemplating building an $11 billion gigafactory of its own to churn out batteries for its electric vehicles, according to a report from Handlesblatt, a German publication. (more…)