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Second Spin: 2014 Golf Blue-e-motion

Wolfsburg Its Own Wisdom With EV Golf

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Yes, we know. 2014 so impressively future-y, doesn’t it? we’re testing a car and the RD people look at us and say it won’t be on the market 2014, our eyes dilate, Wow, we say to ourselves while a straight face in front of the board member, That’s space travel and everything!

So we get emotional.

It’s understandable, because we’re in the mothership for seems like half of the significant automotive brands. the Volkswagen Group’s Wolfsburg HQ on the verdant lowlands of northern in the region of Lower Saxony. is no Upper Saxony, by the way. We

We’re here to get a personalized test of the already much Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion. coming to the United States in. 20 14 .

reading Second Drive: Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion .

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We did an opportunity to drive the eGolf refer to it this way in company displays, so. ) toward the end of 2010 in Los yes, but the conditions for getting details were simply not and the drive was a token 15 minutes in L.A. which revealed

So, today we hit the road on the more roads of the Wolfsburg area and get details. We’re with Hinze, one of the key engineers in VW’s traction technical development and the overall head of technology communication, Harthmuth Hoffmann, who has the Golf Blue-e-motion everywhere it has over the past few months.

there’s not much to highlight the exterior. It’s a Golf. stickers. What really is from a strictly stock is the full feature set of VW’s aerodynamic touches. All body reduce gaps even the grilles and underbody provide wind resistance, headlights and are combined in one unit, the rear spoiler helps make the slipperier and all-season tires are resistance units. The central in this case is even too, since theoretically no is needed on this liquid-cooled drivetrain. Our tires today, are rain forest-destroying winter 205/55 16-inch Dunlop SP Sport 3D. It’s now German law winter tires specifically M + S (mud and snow) must be whenever cold-weather conditions or it’s one point off your and a $55 fine $110 if your results in your car blocking

The roads were dry today, the sky gloriously sunny and we were with that let’s-keep-the-air-clean The Golf VI currently on the market is by far the hatchback in history, with a of noise-vibration-and-harshness work seen on like the Phaeton or Touareg. the internal combustion engine, system and exhaust system and it’s a magic carpet. In the only sound we heard in the besides the typical slight of the front AC/DC inverter and management unit (yes, an EMU) orchestrating everything up was that of the dang-blasted winter The coefficient of drag is pretty for this boxy configuration at Just to be precise.

Inside, it’s also a Golf. The wheel with paddles are the series car with DSG, as is the lever by our right thigh on the console. The paddles in this work a four-setting brake recuperation system, while the shift lever adds a B at the which takes us straight to the level of brake energy This extra setting is if, for instance, we find ourselves on a non-Lower Saxon downhill the Eisenhower tunnel east Denver, or whatever hurtling you care to mention. The B can also be as heavy resistance as you approach a

Of course, the onboard computer also takes into the fact that we’re in a electric vehicle. Between the screen, the analogue dials and our VW Remote application, Volkswagen has everything possible to make normal drivers don’t range anxiety, or to keep from ever getting powerless in the darkest reaches of Saxony or Los Angeles. There are reminders everywhere we look of our range remaining and the battery current state of charge.

There’s no sign of a sunroof on the even though there to be one as you look at the Golf Blue-e-motion the outside. Surprise! It’s a panel for collecting a little energy for the battery. Another alteration is the rear cargo raised by eight-tenths of an inch for the battery element, which slightly the seats-up total reading to 9.7 cubic feet.

In the town of Kassel, Volkswagen’s Workshop has founded its own manufacturing for the 12,000-rpm, 114-horsepower electric weighing 176 pounds and mounted in of the front axle, and driving The current 695-pound multi-module of 180 lithium-ion cells is distributed in a way that fore-aft weight reads 50:50 percent, a standard Golf is more at 55:45. The added 452 pounds of weight versus the heaviest trim car is also placed way in the structure. This inherently on altered dynamics for the drive, are frankly in some ways than anything the standard can approach at least in normal toodling around.

For the moment, VW are not revealing the supplier of the lithium-ion since VW (and everyone in this game) is taking from every reliable in South Korea, Japan and Chief engineer and VW brand member Ulrich Hackenberg us over lunch that not only a matter of finding the cells at the lowest cost but of mass production capabilities, the he says, not being truly until 2013. What a coincidence.

The current single-speed transmission in various forms on VW Group and hybrid projects is called EQ and in this case, it uses a short ratio of 9.8:1 in to get most all of the electric motor’s 184 pound-feet of torque to the ground from zero rpm. the Golf Blue-e-motion at 3,410 and with such normal and torque numbers can haul to 60 mph in just 11.6 seconds is a to this proprietary transmission directly to the stage-left side of the motor. Talk about under pressure.

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The key to experiencing all of the capabilities of the eGolf, however, is not to showing your three in the car with you how this thing rubber to 60 miles per hour a stop. There are three profiles for forward progress Comfort+, and Range+, selected via a in front of the faux-leather skirted lever. In Normal and Comfort+ you will not experience the stated 93.2-mile range from the battery assembly. This as well as the stated distances from pies in the sky at any other is sheer delirium. You’ll be lucky on a normal urban day ideal conditions) to see 50 miles crumbling under the stress of anxiety. All battery-based drive allow the batteries to get only as low as 20 remaining charge before down operations, too, so really isn’t empty, but for safety so that all electrical the world over can sleep at night.

It’s so charming VW has left the ESP Off button on this We know that it’s for it might be bogged in mud or other impasses, but if you’re trying to get the blue-e-motion into controlled just forget it. Between the neutrality of the weight distribution, the of that curb weight, and the un-sporty behavior of the car in anything a slalom, all dreams of smoking and mayhem must be set aside for the of the planet. Such is the story for all vehicles around and below segment of the market at least for

As a drive experience, nothing the Golf Blue-e-motion surprises a This is their proposal of type of plug-in, it’s a capable piece of work and VW is until higher-capacity lithium-ion come into real production in 2013 conceivably to make the price competitive the Chevrolet Volt /Opel-Vauxhall The hatch’s current v-max is not interstate-friendly at 84 mph and your overall would become anxious quickly then anyways. The VW Blue-e-motion models are, the Nissan Leaf. confined to the city or suburbs thereof.

The of variable kinetic brake recuperation is a good one, and on the it goes in stages from to maximum D, D1, D2, D3 with the left DSG reverse order using the paddle. We feel the greater (i.e. recuperation) mostly in D1 and D2, while D is barely felt and D3 feel that much than D2. The B of the console shift is a quick way to reach maximum while approaching all those or while snaking down the one-block stretch of San Francisco’s Street.

With the Nissan or Golf Blue-e-motion, the full EV is a changer of one’s driving Unless you are an intensely fastidious and person and never drive too a sophisticated EV like the eGolf be your only car. are it will be the second or third car in driveways.

The recharger cable for eGolf prototypes are European monsters that can do a full in about 2.5 hours, but only closely watched conditions due to any Godzilla-wrecks-the-power-station risks. A complete from empty to maximize the drive’s range will a frustrating 15-ish hours a 110-volt U.S. plug, to six hours or so if you rewire your to 220 volts. Volkswagen’s e-mobility is lobbying with others the world to get a safe infrastructure for 300-to-400-volt quick-charge stations we can all fill up in around 30 minutes. You can that, among the many VW is still experimenting with, VW is with the good idea of plug-in operations occur via the VW badge or via the typical fuel cap It’s one more benefit of an car’s possibilities.

Without getting into too detail, the VW Remote iPhone is pretty ingenious stuff you to monitor your Blue-e-motion’s progress, current charge interior temperature and possible depending on your intended (which you can send to your sat-nav prior to setting The possibilities of smartphone-to-car interactivity are We’re just at the beginning of innovation phase, but already the are convincingly intuitive and actually to maximizing one’s busy

So far as how forward progress feels choosing Normal, Comfort+, or in the default Normal mode the EMU the system use up to 87 hp and all feels pretty around town. In Comfort+ a name since it’s about power and not comfort we got the overboost of 114 hp when needed, attempting a couple overtake that proved slightly though doable. Drop Range+, and total power on tap is set at 67 hp, is the steady-state power while anywhere, or sailing as they all telling us. We are reminded of this mode from every if only because we were if the VW would ever start forward. Pedal to the metal kids an action that helped things a little.

The plan is to have 250 Golf units in a test fleet between Wolfsburg and Berlin by May of year. For the United States, a fleet will begin on both coasts in early 10 cars kept at VW’s California, facility and 10 kept in New City.

According to Herr Hackenberg, the Golf Blue-e-motion will hit the in Western Europe in 2013 and in the and China in 2014, but it won’t be a for-sale car, remaining a lease-only proposal. This is but then it was explained why. VW doesn’t wholly believe in the viability of selling pure EVs on any scale. What they as a greater strategy is the Toyota parallel plug-in hybrid an ever greater battery capacity for greater and greater and efficiency, plus a dedicated combustion engine for the application the boat anchor-like normal currently used by many. don’t believe in the case for EVs with extended range combustion motors since have not proven terribly setups in the end, as many readings on the Chevrolet Volt made clear.

We’re in a then, where we cannot to see what undoubtedly state-of-the-art VW comes out with for the Golf and other models, as the multinational above the current EV and extended-range waiting for the right moment to do it intelligence. VW may not be the first into the but they want to arrive to play hardball. Are they from the Koreans? They’d admit to it.

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