Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid Now Due In 2014

March 1st, 2013 by  

golfphevThe Volkswagen Golf Mk7 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) was slated to become available in 2015, but Volkswagen has apparently decided to change that to 2014.

The car has reportedly achieved an outstanding 188 MPG (1.25 L/100 km) on the European test cycle (the U.S fuel-efficiency rating should be worse).

The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 PHEV is equipped with a 148 HP, 1.4 litre gasoline engine and a 100 HP electric motor, which is the same powertrain that the Audi A3 e-tron PHEV (about to debut at the Geneva Motor Show) uses.

The propulsion system mentioned enables it to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds, which is almost the same as the Audi A3 e-tron, which does so in 7.6 seconds.

The Golf PHEV will be able to travel 31 miles per charge on electricity alone, and the gasoline-fueled engine will back it up before it runs out of energy.

31 miles is more than the average distance traveled by most Americans, and if they occasionally want to travel further than that to visit grandma, they can do so using the gas engine. That is the beauty of hybrid and extended range electric vehicles.

And, of course, the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 PHEV can be charged with solar or wind power.

Some have proposed that the batteries in electric cars can be used to back up the electricity grid and provide it with power when plugged in. However, this concept can be applied to plug-in hybrid electric cars as well, as they also plug into the electricity grid and have large enough batteries (in the kWh range). This would be helpful to wind and solar farms as well.

Source: Autoblog Green

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  • nrmantena

    Is this hybrid vehicle being made available in the US and when?
    You need to give the US equivalent numbers for MPGe and other
    parameters like: MPG for a run of say 400 miles as an example.
    Can the VW hybrid Golf information be given for contact purpose?
    Is there a web page made available by the Volkswagen company?

  • Ross Chandler

    Glad to see VAG finally starting to do something to modernise their engines.

  • Lithium ion batteries are not suitable for vehicle to grid production due to high cost issues and very limited cycle life. Best (and most expensive) lithium batteries (e.g. Tesla’s NCA batteries) last only 2000 cycles while 50% of capacity is still remaining.

  • wattleberry

    I had to check that the mpg was the US measure; the Imperial equivalent is 227.

  • Joe Murtaugh

    Just think where we could be if the Fossil Fuel Industry didn’t have the immense power that we have given it.

  • Ronald Brakels

    Plug in hybrids are well suited for vehicle to grid energy management as it’s not a real problem if the batteries are run down as the vehicle can still be driven if it has no charge. Provided it’s safe to do so they can even be used as generators during critical peaks in electricity demand.

  • I’d expect it to get around 25-30 miles range for the EPA rating in the states but it’s about time they have a plug-in. The VW XLI is coming as well, costs more of course…


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