48-volt mild hybrid system option for new Mk8 Golf

A 48-volt mild hybrid system option for new Mk8 Golf was confirmed by Volkswagen at the recent Vienna Motor Symposium. The new Golf is expected to debut late next year. 

The move is the first step of a systematic electrification of Wolfsburg’s entire fleet, which will also include the introduction of the I.D. range of electric vehicles starting in 2020.

The mild hybrid system is claimed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions whilst also improving performance and providing an electric boost function. No other details have been divulged, but it has been rumoured that the GTI hot hatch will be the recipient of the system, along with an electric turbocharger.

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