The Volkswagen e-Golf is one of the brand’s first serious attempts at creating a mass-market electric vehicle. Production of the zero-emissions hatchback ended in December 2020 and the Wolfsburg-based company’s ID family was introduced as an indirect replacement for the electric Golf. But apparently the battery-powered Golf could make a comeback as Volkswagen has to change its strategy in the EV segment.
Earlier this month it became clear that Volkswagen’s new Trinity electric vehicle would be delayed until the end of the decade. The decision reportedly comes from newly appointed VW Group CEO Oliver Blume, who believes the automaker will not be ready with the necessary software development to meet its announced launch target of 2026. This, in turn, could open up new venues. in the company’s plans to launch new electric vehicles until Trinity hits the market.
According to a new report by a German business daily Handelsblattquoted by Automotive News, Volkswagen is considering returning the e-Golf nameplate to its portfolio. Alternatively, the Tiguan crossover could also receive a fully electric version and both could be based on the latest variant of the MEB electric platform used by Volkswagen and its sister brands. Citing company sources, the German newspaper reported that VW could manufacture the electric Golf and Tiguan at its Wolfsburg plant where an combustion-powered variant of the car is also built.
One thing that remains unclear is whether VW is considering building a new electric vehicle that will bear only the Golf name or re-engineering an existing Golf into an EV. Considering the report mentions the MEB platform, this presumably means we’ll be dealing with a product that doesn’t have much in common with the current MQB-based Golf Mk8. However, for now, this is just an assumption based on available information.
Even though the e-Golf officially went out of production in 2020, you can still buy a new one from some dealers. Data from Dataforce shows that VW sold 117 e-Golf through September this year and a potential direct successor could push that figure back into the thousands.