What is it?
It’s the Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion, an all-electric, plug-in version of the firm’s trademark family hatchback that will be in a dealership near you in 2013.
The Golf blue-e-motion’s electric motor has a maximum output of 85kW (114bhp), but it can produce continuous power of 50kW (67bhp); it also has 199lb ft of torque, can reach 84mph and crack 0-62mph in 11.8sec.
The motor is fuelled by a 180-cell lithium ion battery pack, mounted in the transmission tunnel, under the rear seat and beneath the boot floor.
It gives the car a range of 150km, or 93 miles. VW claims that is more than sufficient for the vast majority of consumers; it quotes stats from Germany, saying that almost 46 per cent of motorists have a one-way commute of less than 10km (six miles), and a further 28.1 per cent are between 10km and 25km (16 miles).
VW has worked hard to keep the concept’s weight reined in, but it’s still hefty; the electric motor weighs 80kg, the battery modules weigh 315kg, and the whole car comes in at around 205kg more than a regular Bluemotion TDI with DSG transmission.
What’s it like?
You’re going to hear this more and more when it comes to electric vehicles, but here goes: extremely normal.