Volkswagen Kicks Off Second Phase Of Golf Blue-e-motion EV Tests Photo:
Mike Stevens | Jun, 20 2011 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen has begun German deliveries this week for its second fleet of Golf Blue-e-motion all-electric test cars.

The second fleet will see a total of 80 cars tested in Germany, with 53 going to Berlin and the rest to Hannover and Wolfsburg.

Unlike BMW's MINI E test cars, the bulk of Volkswagen's electric Golfs will be tested in corporate fleets - a market Volkswagen believes will make up the majority of the car's sales.

Among the test fleet's participants are Coca Cola, Continental, Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom.


How it Works

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The Golf Blue-e-Motion is powered by an electric motor only, usurping the regular combustion engine's place in the engine bay. It produces a very reasonable 85kW and 270Nm of torque.

By comparison, the entry-level diesel Golf Bluemotion produces 77kW and 250Nm of torque, while the petrol-powered Golf 90TSI produces 90kW and 200Nm.

Energy for the electric motor is drawn from a 26kWh lithium-ion battery pack located in the boot and in the transmission tunnel.

The Golf Blue-e-Motion will hit 100km/h from rest in 11.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 140km/h.

Volkswagen plans to have the Golf Blue-e-motion on sale by 2014, although it will be beaten to market by the smaller and brand-new Up Blue-e-motion. The Jetta Blue-e-motion will round out the electric range's launch line-up.

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