VW Golf Going Electric In Europe By 2013

Volkswagen announced this week it would be bringing to production in late 2013 an electric version of its very popular European Golf. It is called the Golf blue-e-motion and, like other electric cars out there, will emit no emissions as it drives nearly silently down the roads of Europe.

The VW Golf blue-e-motion, according to the automaker, will be driven by an electric motor integrated in the front engine compartment with a maximum power of 85 kW / 115 PS and a continuous power output of 50 kW / 69 PS. It will have a very high maximum torque from a stop (270 Newton-metres), with the car’s battery hosting an energy capacity of 26.5 kilowatt-hours. Range will be up to 150 kilometres, based upon the concept version, though the production model may have a longer driving distance. Top speed will be around 135 km/h.

VW EV Golf

image via Volkswagen

Features of the VW Golf blue-e-motion will include instruments tailored to electric driving, such as a range indicator and battery charge state gauge; the ability to “preset” battery regeneration through a braking energy recovery strategy over four stages; and three driving profiles to choose between maximum range, maximum comfort and maximum dynamics.

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