The electric Golf will be powered by a 113bhp electric motor that should take the car to 62mph in 10.4 seconds and on to 87mph. It should do 118 miles on one charge.
The e-Up has a slightly smaller motor, which produces 80bhp and takes the city car from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds. It will offer a slightly shorter range of 99 miles. Both cars have two driving modes – Eco and Eco+ - and four braking-regeneration modes to get the most out of the range.
Both cars can be charged through standard and fast-charging sockets, with the latter providing an 80% charge in just half an hour.
The e-Up will be the first on sale, with deliveries expected to start in March 2014. The e-Golf will follow in the second half of the year, with orders being taken from late spring.
Prices for the e-Up are expected to be announced at or shortly after the car's appearance at Frankfurt, and are set to be higher than any Up currently on sale at around £15,000.
The e-Golf pricing is set to be competitive with the likes of the Nissan Leaf and is expected to start above £20,000.
Volkswagen also said that it is looking at a variety of funding options, so leasing packages for the car and the battery are being considered.