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Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In

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On: Fri, May 7, 2010 at 10:33AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Volkswagen Will Launch New Plug-In

In keeping with German government’s goal to produce 1 million electric vehicles by the year 2020, Volkswagen approved a new plug-in electric version of the Golf Hatchback, scheduled to go on sale in the United States in 2013. The new Golf Blue E-Motion EV will join the future launch of the electric Jetta, Passat, and the Up Blue E-Motion electric city car. The Golf Blue E-Motion will be the higher-end electric vehicle, weighing in at a little over 3,400 lbs (600 lbs heavier than the current model Golf 1.6 TDI Blue Motion). 

“The power, derived from a 85 kilowatt (114 horsepower) electric motor with 200 pound feet of torque, is stored in a 26.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The German automaker developed the all-electric vehicle to meet the needs of most American commuters’ daily drive with a projected range of approximately 90 miles before the vehicle requires recharging. Top speed is limited to about 85 mph. The lithium-ion battery pack is located in the vehicle’s middle tunnel; charging times have not yet been disclosed. The Golf Blue-E-Motion can travel from 0-60 in just 11.8 seconds. The details regarding differences in performance between the Golf Electric Vehicle and the Jetta EV have not yet been announced.

Volkswagen plans to build 500 of the new Golf EVs so they can perform thorough beta testing before the cars will be available for sale to the public. The test fleet will set the course for Volkswagen’s future. Volkswagen has revealed its plans for an expanded use of electric and hybrid technologies beginning with the VW Touareg Hybrid. The hybrid SUV debuted at this year’s Geneva Auto Show.

In a recent press release, VW chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn stated “A hybrid version of the Jetta for the US market follows in [August] 2012. Starting in 2013, the E-UP goes into production." It is not clear if VW’s hybrid and EV offensives are the result of the company’s arrangement with Chinese EV/battery firm BYD, or whether this indicates the death of VW’s TwinDrive concept that was scheduled to be launched next year.

With the development of the Golf Blue E-Motion, and other electric vehicles such as the Jetta and Passat, Volkswagen plans to become the world’s leader in producing zero-emission vehicles as they take a leap into the future of green auto technology. Stay tuned to receive more information on prices and other technical statistics.




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