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Plug-in hybrid: the new Golf drives significantly further electrically

Volkswagen will in future be offering five electrified variants for the new Golf. These include three so-called mild hybrids and two plug-in hybrids, announced the company on Wednesday. The battery capacity of the plug-in hybrids has been increased by 50 percent to 13 kilowatt hours (kWh) compared to the previous model.

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The two plug-in hybrids are called Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE. The purely electric range of the eHybrid is 80 kilometers in the NEDC cycle, and 62 kilometers for the GTE. The eHybrid has a slightly weaker motor with 150 kW (204 PS) compared to the GTE with 180 kW (245 PS).

According to Volkswagen, the new models are significantly more economical than the previous versions of the Golf 7. For example, VW specifies a combined consumption of 1.2 liters per 100 kilometers according to the NEDC for the eHybrid. That is 0.7 liters less than the GTE of the Golf Generation 7 with the same engine.

However, such consumption values ​​strongly depend on the usage profile. Since plug-in hybrids are both subsidized through the environmental bonus and tax-favored as a company car over combustion engines, many buyers opt for plug-in hybrids purely for financial reasons. It does not matter whether the electric drive is used at all.

Volkswagen is adding another model to the mild hybrid variants already on offer. The so-called E-TSI motors are based on a 48-volt system with a belt starter generator and lithium-ion batteries. The system can also electrically recuperate braking energy.

In 2017, Volkswagen decided not to offer a fully electric variant for the Golf Generation 8. Instead, the ID.3 was developed on the basis of a new platform.

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