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EV industry domination for Volkswagen begins with the e-Golf and e-up!

The electric vehicle market is just starting to gain traction in the United States, and companies like Tesla Motors, Nissan, and General Motors are so far leading the way.

However, Volkswagen wants a piece of EV action and has announced some pretty optimistic claims regarding its prospects in the market. The company intends to be the EV industry leader by 2018.
Volkswagen has traditionally emphasized diesel power for its green vehicle segment, as witnessed by recent comments regarding the U.S. government’s indifference towards diesels. However, during the Frankfurt Motor Show Volkswagen unveiled a pair of new production electric vehicles including an electric version of the Golf dubbed the e-Golf (it will arrive in the U.S. in early 2015) and the e-Up.

Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf features LED headlights and uses an 85 kW electric motor which can accelerate the vehicle to 60 mph in 10 seconds and to a top speed of 87 mph. The e-Golf can travel 118 miles on a full charge.

The e-up uses a 60 kW electric motor, features a top speed of 81 mph, and can travel 100 miles on a charge.

“We have developed the know-how for electric motors and battery systems at our own components plants, we have recruited 400 top experts for electric traction and qualified almost 70,000 development, production and service employees in this new technology — the biggest electrification training program in our industry,” Winterkorn said.

Volkswagen has a decade-long plan to more than triple the number of vehicles it sells in the United States. That's a tall order considering that sales for Volkswagen are down 1.3% through August.

Sources: Detroit News, Volkswagen

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Love the illustration
By DT_Reader on 9/11/2013 1:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
I sure hope that's the real future, because I'm sick and tired of parking lots that are acres of asphalt with zero shade. Solar "trees" is an excellent idea, second only to real trees. Why the heck can't parking lots have some trees?

RE: Love the illustration
By Solandri on 9/11/2013 2:02:28 PM , Rating: 3
Because people complain about the leaves, twigs, and bird droppings which end up on their cars. Image is more important than comfort for most people.

RE: Love the illustration
By JediJeb on 9/11/2013 7:17:10 PM , Rating: 2
I would gladly take a little bird crap on my vehicle to keep the temperatures cool when I get in it ))

RE: Love the illustration
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/11/2013 7:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
Forget trees, why can't parking lots (at least in the US Southwest) be vast fields of solar canopies, providing shade and weather protection to cars and juice to the local grids?

RE: Love the illustration
By Spuke on 9/13/2013 12:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the schools in my area have done just that.

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