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Why the 8th generation Volkswagen Golf will not have an electric version?

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Posted November 28, 2019

Volkswagen always liked the idea of an electric Golf. Don’t believe it? They made a couple of prototypes of electric Mk. 1 back in the day, even though battery technology was still not there to make it a viable option. Now, however, the e-Golf is one of the most successful electric vehicles in Europe. But why there won’t be an electric version of the 8th generation Golf?

This, by the way, is not oficial. Some prototypes may be made. The point is that if you go to a dealership today, they will sell you an e-Golf, but it will be based on the Mk. 7. Still, not a bad choice for an electric car.

The 100,000th e-Golf in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden. It looks nice painted in “Pure White”, but it is one of the last of the breed. Image credit: Volkswagen

Volkswagen e-Golf has an output of 100 kW and a range of up to 230 kilometers. Some people who actually own the car can confirm that in good conditions you can expect to reach the promised range. And there are a lot of owners – Volkswagen has just delivered the 100,000th e-Golf in the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden.

Henning Schulzki, Head of Sales and Marketing at the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, said: “The e-Golf has made the Gläserne Manufaktur a vibrant showcase for e-mobility since 2017. We will produce over 16,000 units this year – an all-time high. We are delighted to have set this new record.”

A review of the last Volkswagen e-Golf

Interestingly, it is not Germany where the biggest fants of the e-Golf live. The five strongest sales markets this year are Norway, Germany, the USA, the UK and the Netherlands. Norway is making huge strides towards completely electric personal transportation. Most new cars sold in Norway are electric. But an electric Mk. 8 is not going to be the new star.

The e-Golf is not going anywhere for now. However, it is nearing the end of its production as it is based on the previous generation of Golf. The new generation of Volkswagen Golf was launched this year – it is a much more technologically advanced vehicle than all previous cars that dawned this name. However, it won’t become electric just because Volkswagen already has an electric car of this size – the ID.3.

The new Volkswagen ID.3 is about the size of the Golf and is designed from the ground up to be a great electric car. Image credit: Volkswagen

You never want to compete against yourself. Having two electric cars of the exact same size wouldn’t be smart. Also, ID.3 is designed to be fully electric from the very beginning, which means that it is a better electric car. The e-Golf simply cannot and should not compete with it.

The Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, factory where e-Golf is assembled, will start making the new ID.3 from the fall 2020. This will mark the end of the e-Golf and the beginning of rapid electrification of Volkswagen’s range.

 

Source: Volkswagen

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