The electric Volkswagen Golf would start selling in Europe in 2013 as a 2014 model while it may be offered in the U.S. sometime in 2014. At the moment, the car’s rollout in the U.S. has yet to be finalized. The U.S. timetable was delayed since its basis would be on the seventh-generation Golf whose standard versions will debut later this year in Europe before arriving at the U.S. market in 2012.
A plug-in hybrid Golf is also possible, considering that the next Golf will use VW’s newest MQB modular architecture, which is meant to accommodate plug-in hybrid gear aside from a full-electric drivetrain.
Volkswagen representatives won’t say if such a model is on its way. However, it said that the company is reviewing all the options made possible by MQB. It’s likely that the 2013 Jetta hybrid, which starts selling later this year, will get a plug-in hybrid variant soon. However, this car won’t use MQB architecture. This means that the next Golf won’t get a plug-in hybrid option right away.
This electric Golf was initially known as the Golf blue-e-motion but it’s now referred to as the “E-Golf”. But this may still change. With the use of the “E-” prefix, VW’s electric offerings would be aligned better by matching the electric Golf with the E-Up!, which will go on sale in Europe by 2013
Volkswagen has made it clear that the E-Up! and the others in the Up! lineup aren’t intended for the U.S.