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Volkswagen to Launch All-Electric and E-up! in September

By Laurent J. · August 27, 2013

The e-Golf

Volkswagen will two new EVs at the same time, at the Frankfurt show in mid-September. Both will be available to order at the with deliveries of the E-up! right after the show, and the coming very early year. Specifications for the E-Golf finally been revealed, and obvious that Volkswagen to outdo the Nissan LEAF .

The has a 24.2-kWh battery pack to the LEAF’s 24-kWh pack. The 85-kW motor is also than the 80-kW motor in the Volkswagen announced a zero-to-62 mph time of 10.4 seconds Nissan Europe said the needs 11.5 seconds to the same ground. Pricing has not revealed yet, but it’s likely that the E-Golf be more expensive than the electric car.

Like most EVs, the will come with an driving mode. In addition, it allow drivers to choose four different regenerative modes (D1, D2, D3 and B). Fast will occur through the SAE cord. Range is advertised at 118 which sounds promising, but a bit

The E-Golf comes to the United in 2014.

Are Germans Ready for

The arrival of the VW EVs will reveal, in the marketplace, if Germany is really to go electric. A recent survey of drivers conducted by Aral, the oil company owned by BP, is worth A question about fuel is of interest:

53% of Germans said want their next car to run on

31% want a diesel

6% want a car on LPG

6% want compressed natural gas

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2% a hybrid gas-electric car

And 1% want to buy an car

In a country where new car registrations be around 3.3 million this this indicates that a market for about 33,000 In another question on the survey, said that EVs were the solution to protect the environment in the 10 years. This should Volkswagen, which will month begin selling an car for the first time.

Two electrics, the E-Golf and E-up!

Perhaps the E-Golf’s greatest point is that it will be in Germany. Results from the survey were clear on point. Only 9 percent of said they would buying a Japanese car in 2013, is quite shocking considering the rate was 15 percent when first made that survey 10 years ago.

Japanese EVs is a tough job in Germany. It be easier selling an electric The German company is the only besides Nissan, to build its EVs all by Everything in the car the motor, the battery and the is built by Volkswagen, in Volkswagen’s own in Germany. (Toyota has not yet built an EV a propulsion system of its own design; and GM get their batteries from an supplier.)

Volkswagen is not a minor league in the auto industry. It’s a The company has invested a lot in electric It appears to be committed to EVs. The of its first electric models be the first tangible sign it’s serious about in the electric car market.


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