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Electric VW Golf gets green light

2010-05-04 14:09
Volkswagen takes on a burgeoning electric avenue with the news that it will debut an all-electric Golf in 2013.

Plans for the Golf blue e-motion were revealed at a German government event where chairman of VWAG’s board Dr Martin Winterkorn also announced the company's plan to accelerate the introduction of its hybrid models. Volkswagen aims to use mainstream vehicles to take electric cars out of the niche segments and make them more readily available.

Other all electric models being readied for debut at around the same time as the Golf blue e-motion include similar versions of the Up city car, Jetta and, in China, Lavida models.  

Although based on the current sixth generation Golf, the production version of the electric Golf is expected to form part of the Golf 7 line-up when it is launched in 2013.

The Golf blue-e-motion concept shown to German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be powered by an 85-kW electric motor with a 270 Nm torque peak that is instantly available. This battery is located in the bootspace and under the rear bench.  

Based on driving style, the range on the electric Golf is up to 150 km, the company said. This Golf employs brake energy regeneration, too.

Volkswagen said it would begin testing the car’s drivetrain and battery components via a fleet of 500 Golf blue e-motions from next year.

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