Volkswagen has unveiled an all-electric Golf ‘blue-e-motion’ in Germany, and is promising to have four all-electric vehicles in production by the end of 2013.
VW Golf blue-e-motion
The Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion prototype looks like any regular VW Golf, except that in place of the petrol or diesel engine, it’s powered by a 113bhp electric motor offering an impressive 199lb ft of torque (pulling power).
‘Fuelled’ by lithium-ion batteries beneath the boot floor and under the rear seats, the Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion has a range of around 90 miles, a top speed of 86mph and can reach 62mph from a standstill in 11.8 seconds.
The batteries reduce boot capacity from the usual 350-litre minimum to a still-reasonable 279 litres, and feature their own secondary cooling system to maintain optimum operating temperature. The Golf’s weight is increased by 205kg overall.
All-electric Up! to come first
Underlining its commitment to all-electric motoring, VW says a 500-strong fleet of Golf blue-e-motion prototypes will begin real-world testing as early as next year, ahead of full scale production in 2013.
However, the first all-electric Volkswagen will be a blue-e-motion version of the forthcoming Up! city car – perhaps as previewed by the VW Milano Taxi Concept last month. The Up! blue-e-motion will arrive in early 2013, ahead of the Golf, a blue-e-motion Jetta, and an all-electric version of the Chinese market Volkswagen Lavida.
More Volkswagen hybrids to come
The first Volkswagen hybrid hits showrooms this summer, in the shape of the second generation Touareg SUV (platform clone of the second generation Porsche Cayenne, also available as a hybrid). But it won’t be the last.
VW has now also confirmed a hybrid Jetta for 2012, followed by hybrid Golf and Passat models in 2013.
The Golf blue-e-motion was unveiled at a foundation event for the German Nation Platform for Electric Mobility in Berlin.
With the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV already in production, all-electric Mini E and other BMWs testing, and range-extender hybrids such as the Vauxhall Ampera on the way, Volkswagen’s commitment to the zero emissions race suggests the next phase of personal mobility solutions has now truly begun.
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