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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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By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 9/12/2013 1:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
Volt is an extended range EV. The electric motor, its primary motive device, is engaged 100% of the time in moving the car. Most of the time (in my case, ~93% of the time) the electricity powering that motor comes from the mains via the battery. Some of the time, it comes from the gas generator. And during those times where the battery's at minimum state of charge and the vehicle's moving at highway speeds, the Volt clutches in the gas engine and splits its output power between the planetary gearset and the generator (which is also used in pure electric mode to spin the ring gear and reduce the revs of the primary for improved efficiency) because that's more efficient than going pure-serial.

The 2013 has a decent power output display that shows how many kW you are demanding via the accelerator, and from where those kW are coming from in real time, including regen. When the gas generator's running, sometimes you see the net power actually lower than the demanded power, with the surplus going back into the battery.

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