Valdemar wrote:http://www.autoblog.com/2016/02/05/volk ... formation/The current e-Golf is 190 kilometers [118 miles] of range on paper and about 120 kilometers [75 miles] in the real world," Volkswagen Group small car development leader Dr. Jocham Böhle explained. "The Golf VIII e-Golf will have 300 kilometers [186 miles] of real-world range – genuinely 300 kilometers – and the current plug-in hybrid has 50 kilometers [31 miles] of electric range and we don't need more than that ... The electrified Golfs will all have 48-volt power. They might not be there right at the start of Golf VIII, but they will be close behind ... That system will go through all the MQB cars, with 48 volts. All hybrids and battery electric MQBs will go to 48 volts.
There seems to be some conflict in what they are calling "real world" range.
The eGolf has an EPA range of 83 miles. So that's clearly greater than their quoted 75 miles, implying that the 186 miles may mean closer to the magic 200 EPA miles (83/75 * 186 = 206 miles!)
The Audi eTron has an EPA electric range of 16 miles. It basically has the same powertrain as the european GTE. This is far less than the stated 31 miles, implying that the 186 miles may be overly generous. Unless the 31 miles was not intended to mean "real world" miles?
Anyway, 186 miles will be a huge improvement. If they can bring this to market not too long after the Bolt / Leaf 2.0, they will be able to stay in the game. On the other hand, I've heard rumors of VW pulling out of the US market completely thanks to the diesel scandal. It seems like it will be all or nothing for them.