Volkswagen: promoting plug-in hybrid tech

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Volkswagen has released details of its ongoing e-mobility study, presumably in an answer-back to the Greenpeace accusations, though perhaps it’s all serendipitiously coincidental. Its twinDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain “could over the mid-term develop into the ideal form of mobility for the vast majority of car drivers,” says chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn, and Volkswagen plans to launch “numerous” plug-in hybrids during 2013-2014, supplementing the hybrids and all-electric vehicles also on offer. The twinDrive Golf Variant (estate) models currently under testing are delivering a electric range of up to 57km and a total range of 900km, and Volkswagen is studying battery performance, driver behaviour, vehicle usage, effects on the electricity grid and other factors. Just to let y’all know that the company is working on some lower-CO2 solutions, anyway…

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