e-Golf recognized for Best-in-Class* Efficiency by Natural Resources Canada

Top efficiency in the Compact car category

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has recognized the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf as best in class* for efficiency in the  Compact car category.

Each year, the federal government department aids Canadian consumers in making more fuel-efficient vehicle purchase decisions by highlighting the best-in-class models based on the lowest combined fuel consumption rating of new light-duty vehicles. Ratings are based on 55% city and 45% highway driving. The 2017 e-Golf came in at a combined 17.4 kWh/100 km, or 2.0 Le/100 km.**

Compare that to the second-place Ford Focus Electric, which consumes 19.6 kWh/100 km, or 2.2 Le/100 km. To put that in real-life terms, someone who typically drives 20,000 km per year could save enough energy to drive an additional 2500 km by driving the e-Golf compared to the Ford Focus. That’s like driving from Winnipeg to Quebec City!

And the e-Golf has certainly proved competitive. It’s everything Canadians know and love about the acclaimed Volkswagen Golf, with the efficiency that electric car drivers crave thanks to its 100 kW, 143 HP electric motor and 1-speed automatic transmission. The e-Golf is a thrill to drive, too, going from 0-110 km/h in just 9.6 seconds.

With both stellar performance and efficiency, it’s no wonder the e-Golf drives circles around the competition.

Learn more about the 2017 e-Golf, and sign up for email updates.

Legal:

*In the Compact Advanced Technology Vehicle class

**Please refer to Natural Resources Canada’s 2017 Fuel Consumption Guide for more information. Full charge required. Actual driving range will vary based on driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.  Le is gasoline litre equivalent.

 

2017 e-Golf: Maximizing electric car range in winter

Since we first announced the arrival of e-Golf in Canada, we’ve been busy putting the final touches in place to welcome this exciting new model to our popular VW Golf family.

The best electric car for Golf fans

If you love Golf, you’ll love the e-Golf, too. It looks like a Golf and drives like a Golf. All you need to do is plug it in and charge it up. And, if you’re thinking the e-Golf won’t get you very far in winter, we’ve got good news for you.

Electric car batteries in winter

There is no doubt that Canadian winters can be harsh and unpredictable. And since cold weather is a major factor when it comes to EV range, it’s no wonder some Canadians are downright nervous about how far an e-Golf might take them.

In winter, tasks such as heating the cabin can put additional demand on your battery.  Internal combustion engines generate heat as a byproduct of normal operation.  Because battery electric vehicles are so efficient, they don’t generate enough thermal energy to adequately heat the interior alone. Heat has to be generated from the high voltage battery, with the result being a reduction in range. Knowing this, we’ve worked hard to make sure the e-Golf is ready and able to tackle Canadian winters with energy-saving technology that’ll keep you warm while getting you to where to need to go.

Energy-efficient heating

The 2017 e-Golf is equipped with a “heat pump” as standard equipment.  The heat pump is similar to what is used to control the climate in many buildings and residences.  It takes what heat is available from the drivetrain and combines it with a refrigerant circuit to heat the cabin.  The result is about a 30% savings in range compared to an e-Golf without a heat pump.

Every e-Golf is also equipped with an automatic, humidity-controlled heated windshield that can defog and thaw without the aid of the AC compressor and fan, giving you a clear view that uses less battery power.

In addition, standard heated seats allow you to heat your core quickly and directly, making it possible to minimize cabin heat as much as individual comfort allows.

Regenerative braking

In conventional braking systems, the kinetic energy that propels the car forward is transformed to heat as the friction of the brake pad contacts the brake disc to bring the car to a stop.  The e-Golf uses a regenerative braking system that captures this energy—that would otherwise dissipate into the atmosphere—and uses it to charge the battery.  It’s simple enough to use: just press the brake pedal as you normally would, and the car does all the rest.

For those wanting to eke out maximum efficiency—and fun—drivers can cycle through four stages of energy recuperation with the simple flick of the shifter.  Each stage increases the rate of deceleration, putting more back into the battery.  This simulates “engine braking” in a conventional car.  So your driving style can effectively “add fuel” to your e-Golf. Want to see how it works? Check out this great YouTube video by Danny Maynor, Product Specialist at McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach California. He shows us how using the stages to decelerate in lieu of braking sends a charge to the battery.

Heat your e-Golf while it charges

The best way to maximize winter range in the e-Golf is to pre-heat the cabin while you’re still connected to the grid.  This lets you use a full charge to get you where you need to go without also having to bring the cabin up to a comfortable temperature.  It takes much less energy to maintain a +20°C temperature than to ask the car to go from -20° to +20°C, and then maintain it.

Simply set your desired cabin temperature and your regular planned departure time, and the e-Manager will heat the cabin while the car is charging. When you’re ready to leave, your e-Golf is fully-charged and toasty warm.

Dual-Zone Climate Control with Driver-Only Eco Mode

The e-Golf is equipped with Climatronic® dual-zone electronic climate control including driver-only eco mode. That means that not only can you control the temperature on both sides of the cabin but, when the passenger unbuckles the seat belt, their temperature zone is automatically disabled. Just like that. Not only do you enjoy a cabin temperature that’s just right, but energy isn’t being wasted on the now empty passenger side.

Find an EV charging station

Looking to take your e-Golf on a road trip? Find out where you can charge the battery along the way with our interactive map.

Reserve your e-Golf now

If you’re ready to make the move to an electric car, you can reserve your e-Golf now. Put down a fully-refundable $1,000 deposit and we’ll secure your spot in line so you can among the first to own one.

Volkswagen unveils Alexa-enabled technology at CES

The connected car gets even more connected

Each year, thousands of technology enthusiasts gather at the North America Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This year, marked Volkswagen’s third annual appearance and the North American debut of the I.D. concept, a fully-autonomous electric car. Scheduled to arrive in 2020, the intention is for self-driving hardware to come standard.

front of the vw i.d. concept car

Per Christian Senger, VW Head of e-Mobility, the cost to offer a fully-autonomous option could be as much as an entire Golf. Therefore, the goal for I.D. in 2020, is to equip the car with semi-autonomous features. You can read more about the I.D. Concept here. It is expected that the production iteration of the I.D. will retain approximately 80 percent of the concepts design features.

rear of the vw i.d. concept car

Alongside the I.D. concept, the Volkswagen e-mobility team also announced the integration of Amazon’s assistant Alexa to VW vehicles. Using simple tap-to-talk functionality drivers can execute tasks such as controlling smart home features, playing music, getting directions, handling notifications, providing location-based reminders, even ordering replacement parts for their car.

However, the team in Germany has gone a step further by including car-centric features, making the experience more robust. Alexa can let you know the status of your car when you’re not in it. Find out if the doors are locked, how much fuel is remaining in the tank, and if the car is charging and what the range is (for EV models). Alexa can also unlock the doors and even beep the horn in the event you can’t locate your car.

virtual reality car test drive

The system can also assist with navigation by providing directions and telling you how long it will take to get to your destination. Alexa can send the direction to your car’s navigation system so it’s loaded and ready go when you are.

For a more in-depth look at what we revealed at CES, read the full media release.

Legal: US media release. Some of the information may not be applicable to the Canadian market.

Volkswagen’s newest electric vehicle appearing in Paris

New Volkswagen I.D. set to make a statement in the new world of mobility.

Volkswagen’s new purely electric concept vehicle, I.D. is making its world debut at the Paris Motor Show. We’ve got your first look at the new vehicle of the future: The Car for Everyone.

ID_Paris_Image3

ID_Paris_Image1

According to Volkswagen Chairman, Herbert Diess, the new Volkswagen I.D. concept car is approximately the size of a VW Golf but will have the cargo space of a Passat. And the best part for customers, the price will be on par with a well-equipped and similarly powerful Golf, making the I.D. attainable for the average motorist.

ID_Paris_Image4

ID_Paris_Image5

To date, making an affordable electric vehicle that achieves such a range has been difficult due to the high cost of lithium-ion cells and the battery packs that hold them. But now that battery prices have begun to fall amid technological advances, aggressive price cuts and a surfeit of production capacity, it’s expected that we’ll be seeing more electric vehicles on our roads before long.

ID_Paris_Image6

While the Volkswagen I.D. on display in Paris is a prototype, plans are underway to release the production model in 2020, with a fully-automated driving function expected by 2025. It will also feature an intuitive new user interface focused on fun and safety. The Volkswagen I.D. is expected to be as iconic as the Golf and offer a 500-600 km range on a 15-minute charge.

The Paris Motor Show runs from October 1-16, 2016. We’ll be following all the excitement and reporting further as information becomes available. Stay tuned.

ID_Paris_Image7

ID_Paris_Image8

In the meantime, if you’re interested in a fully electric vehicle from Volkswagen, check out the e-Golf. While it’s currently only available in the U.S. , we’re working on bringing it to Canada.

VW joins the connected car race

Volkswagen AG and LG Electronics Inc. form tech partnership.

Volkswagen AG recently announced that it has partnered with South Korea electronics manufacturer, LG on the development of a next-generation connected car service platform.

At a time when consumers are demanding increased connectivity in their cars, Volkswagen has identified 3 key initiatives the two companies will be concentrating on in coming years.

They will work to integrate smart home solutions into Volkswagen’s crossover platform, allowing cars to communicate with smart home devices. Drivers will effectively be able to control and monitor things like their lights, security systems and appliances, all from the road.

The two companies will also work on a context-sensitive notifications centre. It will deliver messages safely and intuitively to the driver as well as to provide optimized recommendations in real time.

A next-generation infotainment system is in the works too, to support built-in connectivity. Currently, the VW infotainment system features App-Connect, which allows drivers to access a selection of apps via the touchscreen upon connecting their smartphones to the system.

“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalisation of its brands. LG is a strong, reliable partner in the implementation of new features and one of the drivers of innovation in the networked household”, said Prof. Thomas Form, Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research at VW.

LG has been manufacturing smart home appliances and smartphones for a number of years, positioning them as the perfect partner to help drive VW into the future.

Read the full statement from Volkswagen AG.

Innovation is our craft

Volkswagen has been shaping the automotive industry for nine decades.

Volkswagen has been shaping the automotive industry for nine decades. From designing the first life saving crumple zones, to using crash test dummies to study the effects of accidents on the human body, we’ve had a lot of firsts. Read more about some of our innovations that we think are especially noteworthy.

Article_Content_0000_innovation

Hot concepts

Three innovative outside-the-box designs to fuel your imagination.

Concept vehicles are always some of the biggest draws at Autoshows worldwide, and they’re a great way for Volkswagen to show off innovative thinking and outside-the-box design. Check out three concepts that are sure to get you excited for the future.

Article_Content_0001_hotconcepts