Though most consumers recognize full hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars, mild hybrids are a less publicized option. A mild hybrid “typically can’t propel a car on electric power alone. Instead, [they] provide a small amount of electric assist” allowing the vehicle’s engine to work smarter, not harder. Volkswagen has announced that a portion of its electrification strategy will focus on these mild hybrids, with a 48V electrical system in combination with its standard 12V system.
More broadly, VW plans an electrified version of every model in its lineup by 2030. In order to make this a reality, the company will develop both conventional cars with electrified options alongside full electric cars. Stephen Edelstein at The Drive has the details. Read more.