Volkswagen has revealed plans to launch at least 6 new plug-in hybrid models, starting 2014. The new plug-in hybrid vehicles is expected to play a big role in the carmaker’s emphasis towards e-mobility.
The new models will include two Volkswagen models, probably a plug-in hybrid version of the European Passat and a plug-in hybrid Golf. Though the exact number hasn’t been specified, it could also include the Audi models too.
At present, Volkswagen has 5 hybrid vehicles in production – the VW Touareg, the Porsche Cayenne S, the Audi Q5, the Porsche Panamera S and the VW Jetta. Two more hybrid vehicles are under production named the Audi A6 and A8.
Green Car Congress reports that Volkswagen’s MQB (Modularen Querbaukasten, aka Modular Transverse Matrix) will be a key player in developing plug-in hybrid technology.
Usually, MQB standardizes the engine component parameters for shared modular construction of its transverse, front-engined, front-wheel drive automobiles.
For example, the Volkswagen Golf from the company has the same orientation and assembly position both in gasoline or diesel engine formats. This standardization technique will make things easier while manufacturing alternative powertrains like hybrids and plug-in hybrids.