Volkswagen Wants to Lead EV Market by 2018
September 11, 2013 10:09 AM
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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
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
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.
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RE: GM/Chevy Volt is NOT an EV
9/12/2013 2:12:17 PM
Where I grew up, about 50% of people drove 50 miles one way to work, maybe more. EVs will have to grow more to cover those people. I could not have even driven from home to my high school and back on battery only in a Volt since it was 25 miles one way.
I have thought about a Leaf for driving to work which is about 40 miles round trip, but when I could buy my 85 Jeep Cherokee for $500 a few months ago, which is getting me 20mpg, versus the price of a Leaf, that pays for a lot of gasoline. Not to mention only costing me about $75/6 months for insurance.
RE: GM/Chevy Volt is NOT an EV
9/12/2013 6:43:28 PM
Any time you compare any new car to a car that is almost 30 years old the 30 year old vehicle is going to be the most cost effective solution. At least in the short term. You could make the same argument about any gas powered vehicle on the market today and it would hold true.
Measuring the cost effectiveness of a EV only makes sense when you are comparing it to equally aged ICE vehicles.
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