Volkswagen has revealed an all-electric version of the VW Golf.
27 June 2008

Volkswagen has revealed an all-electric version of the VW Golf. This isn’t a production car, but VW admits its an important step on the way to developing a fully dedicated electric car.

Unveiled by VW CEO Martin Winterkorn and Germany’s environment minister Sigmar Gabriel, the new Volkswagen Golf uses a small internal combustion engine to keep the battery charged; the same principle as GM’s eFlex system. VW is calling it Twin Drive. It can also be recharged from the mains. Powered by electricity alone it has a range of 50km.

The driver can monitor energy usage from the car’s infotainment screen. A red kill switch in the centre console acts as an emergency cut out. The lithium ion battery is located in the boot. The car is part of a larger project initiated by the German government to explore alternatives to traditional energy sources; the long term aim is “to provide a zero emission platform for the use of renewable energy in future mobility.”

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28 June 2008

[quote Autocar]Powered by electricity alone it has a range of 50km. [/quote]

Now seriously, what good is that?

If even a concept car has such a limited range, what can we expect from the future offering of Renault-Better Place?

Not very promising, mind you...

28 June 2008

It's a series hybrid rather than a pure electric car. Perhaps a bit misleading to title the article 'the electric golf'.

28 June 2008

Why don't they just call it the Jolt or the Bolt, hell if your going to swipe a design you might as well go all out.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

28 June 2008

[quote jackjflash]

Why don't they just call it the Jolt or the Bolt, hell if your going to swipe a design you might as well go all out.

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You seem to be implying that GM invented the electric car?

28 June 2008

[quote kerrecoe]You seem to be implying that GM invented the electric car?[/quote]

No, I am not, I am saying it is a direct rip of the eFlex system.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

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