South Africa has been blessed with the Volkswagen Golf, and so far has received every generation ever made.
From the TSI to the GTI, and R models, the local line-up is well stocked. Besides the Clubsport and GTD which is no longer available in SA, VWSA teased the country with the eGolf which is currently being used in a local mobility programme.
Just like conventional hybrid systems, the eHybrid works in unison with a combustion unit, in this case, a TSI engine, that activates automatically and helps deliver a maximum power output of 150kW. The power is transmitted to the road via a six-speed DGS gearbox.
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The eGolf is not entirely feasible for use on local roads mainly because of the large distances between provinces. It only has a maximum range of 230km.
Electromobility is very much in its infancy in SA with only a handful of manufacturers giving consumers a taste of what an electric future in automation could look like.
A hybrid, like the Golf eHybrid, would make much more sense to use in South Africa. It has sufficient power, and there would be no need to worry about charging anything.
Hybrid's and electric cars might not be the most exciting things to drive, but the world and everyone in it are evolving.
The Volkswagen Golf eHybrid won't be making it to local shores, but it does signify the way forward for eco-mobility in the hatchback segment for the future.
Compiled by: Robin Classen