According to Car & Driver, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf will be available with a new electric powertain. Likely to be called the Volkswagen e-Golf, the car will be equipped with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.
The new car will ride on Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, which will spawn numerous models throughout the group within the coming years, with the Audi A3 being the first example. The modular MQB platform requires little adjustment for an electric powertrain setup, as it allows traditional or alternative engines to be mounted in the same position and without restriction.
Information is limited at this stage, but the VW e-Golf is likely to retain a powertrain similar to the Golf Blue-E-Motion concept, which used a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that developed 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque. This enabled the car to hit a top speed of 140 km/h and travel up to 150 km on a single charge. Volkswagen has also calculated an increase in weight of 205 kg compared to the Golf BlueMotion.