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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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RE: why?
By toffty on 9/12/2013 10:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't ignorance bliss?

Real world example. I drive a 2012 Nissan Leaf (EV). My previous car was a 2005 Toyota Prius. I can get 4.9 miles / kWh in my Leaf. I got 45 miles / gal in my Prius.

Cost to drive 10,000 miles (US):
Prius: 10,000 miles * $3.5/1gal * 1gal/45 miles = $777.78
Leaf: 10,000 miles * $0.12/1kWh * 1kWh/4.9 miles = $244.90

Cost to drive 10,000 miles (Germany):
Prius: 10,000 miles * $8/1gal * 1gal/45 miles = $1777.78
Leaf: 10,000 miles * $.35/1kWh * 1kWh/4.9 miles = $714.29
(These are using your numbers fyi.)

I don't know about you but a savings of $532 (US) or $1063 (Germany) seems really good to me. Even more savings if your ICE vehicle gets less than 45 mpg.

I've been in one situation in the last year and a half where I couldn't get somewhere because I was low on charge - I could still get home though. In this case? I just went the next day. Not a big deal. 80-100 miles of range is still plenty far for 99.99% of everything I do and the savings are well worth not doing that 0.01% of things in the rare case they happen.


RE: why?
By Dr of crap on 9/12/2013 12:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
BUT - after a time batteries charge doesn't last as long as it did new. My cell phone for example, after one year I can see the difference that it will run out of power quicker than it did new.
So since we have such a SMALL market penetration with EVs we don't have a good grasp of this problem yet. AND you know it will, even of the Prius group will deny it.

So now there is the cost of getting a new battery pack and those things are way more than one years worth of gas. So where is the break even point again??


RE: why?
By Reflex on 9/12/2013 6:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
By default most EV's operate in a 20/80 mode where they discharge down to 20% and charge to 80% in order to avoid losing battery capacity. The Tesla, for example, has a 'extended range mode' that will let you get the full 300 miles advertised when you are on trips by avoiding the usual charge/discharge rules. 95% of a typical person's driving does not need the extended range, even on shorter range vehicles like the Leaf, and as such the batteries will last a *very* long time.

You say Prius owners are in denial, my point is that Toyota has addressed this issue specifically with a technical solution. Furthermore, if you are really worried about it, put half the money you are saving by skipping the price of gas into savings and by the time your battery is potentially not able to perform up to par you will have more than enough cash to flat out replace it.

Also, over time ICE engines lose efficiency as well. Might want to factor that in. They also have much higher maintenance costs, far more frequent service intervals, etc etc.


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