VW launches electric Golf

Volkswagen is launching an electric version of its Golf, offering a sustainable and efficient alternative to the original car.

The introduction of innovative, new hybrid systems in the eighth generation of Golf vehicles marks a new era for the brand about drive technology. In the future, Volkswagen will gradually electrify almost every vehicle in its range of models. The company is offering a first look at the future of electrified drive systems as part of the International Vienna Motor Symposium.

‘Electrifying conventional drives will enable us to further reduce consumption and emissions while also increasing dynamics and convenience’, said Dr Frank Welsch, member of the board of management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

Frank continued, ‘We are starting this extensive electrification campaign with Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle to date – the Golf. Our newly developed, cost-effective 48-V mild hybrid will pave the way for introducing this type of technology to the mainstream’.

Volkswagen will combine the combustion engine with a 48-V belt-integrated starter generator and a 48-V battery. This sustainable combination represents the gateway to the future of Volkswagen hybrid models. The 48-V mild hybrid makes it possible to ‘coast’ with the combustion engine completely switched off, thereby saving up to 0.3 litres of fuel over 100 kilometres.