CARS.COM — Electric cars have been on the market for years, but this year several automakers are offering all-new high-range models like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3, and others are redesigning existing electrics to go farther on a charge, like the Nissan Leaf and the Volkswagen e-Golf. When VW’s electric hatchback goes on sale later this year, it’ll start at $31,315, including destination but excluding the federal tax credit of $7,500. The revised hatchback offers more range and power this year.
For 2017, the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery has more capacity at 35.8 kilowatt-hours — up from 24.2 kwh. That translates to more range per charge; the hatchback has an EPA-estimated range of 125 miles — a 50 percent increase over the previous model year.
According to the EPA, based on 13 cents per kwh, the e-Golf has an estimated annual electricity cost of $550. For comparison, the gas-powered Hyundai Elantra GT compact hatchback has an EPA-estimated fuel cost of $1,500 a year.