Golf Blue-e-motion Golf Blue-e-motion: The future of Volkswagen e-mobility
Following on from the Touareg Hybrid which goes on sale this summer, in 2012 a hybrid Jetta will be launched before hybrid versions of the Golf and Passat join the range in 2013.
The Golf blue-e-motion adopts an electric motor developing 115 PS and 199 lbs ft of torque powered by lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 26.5 kilowatt-hours.
This allows the Golf blue-e-motion to accelerate to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 86 mph with a range between charges of over 90 miles.
The batteries are neatly located in the boot of the Golf blue-e-motion, under the rear seats and in the transmission tunnel to leave a boot capacity of 279 litres. The batteries are kept at the optimal temperature through the use of a secondary cooling system.
Mounted in the engine bay, the electric motor, transmission and differential along with high-voltage pulse-controlled inverter, the 12 Volt electrical system, DC/DC converter and charging module are all incredibly compact and account for a rise in overall weight of only 205 kg when compared to a conventional diesel Golf.
The Golf blue-e-motion will take its next step in 2011 when a fleet of 500 prototypes begin testing in real-world conditions ahead of production starting in 2013.