Volkswagen announces mild hybrid Golf
Volkswagen will launch a mild hybrid version of the Golf as part of its strategy to 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”, says Dr Frank Welsch, member of the board of management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars with responsibility for Technical Development.
“We are starting this extensive electrification campaign with Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle to date – the Golf. Our newly developed, cost-effective 48v mild hybrid will pave the way for introducing this type of technology to the mainstream,” he added.
Volkswagen will combine the combustion engine with a 48v belt-integrated starter generator and a 48v battery, in a similar setup to that used in the new Audi A8.
The brand says this sustainable combination “represents the gateway to the future of Volkswagen hybrid models.”