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Today in Berlin, Volkswagen unveiled the first of 500 electric drive Golfs produced for a consumer test that starts next year. The battery powered Golf was shown at the launch of the National Platform for Electric Mobility, a public-private partnership to promote electric vehicles in Germany.

The e-Golf is propelled by an 85-kilowatt electric motor integrated with a single speed transmission and differential. The motor produces 199 pound-feet of torque from zero rpm which is sufficient to accelerate the Golf to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds. An air cooled 26.5 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack is mounted under the rear seat and cargo floor and center tunnel. VW claims the Golf can go about 93 miles on a charge.

The consumer fleet test will allow Volkswagen to gather real world data before it launches three production EVs in 2013. The first production model with be the Up blue-e-motion city car followed by the next generation Golf blue-e-motion and finally the Jetta blue-e-motion.

[Source: Volkswagen]
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Initial Facts: Golf blue-e-motion – Presentation at Foundation Event for a "National Platform for Electric Mobility"
Volkswagen Presents Golf blue-e-motion Concept to German Chancellor

Golf powered by zero-emissions electric motor to launch in 2013

Golf blue-e-motion with 150 km range will also satisfy driving needs of commuters

Wolfsburg / Berlin, 03 May 2010 - Today, German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel will have a close look at a concept of the future Golf blue-e-motion in Berlin. Volkswagen is forging new links to the era of electric mobility with this pure electric drive version of the most successful European car ever produced. In 2013, after the debut of the Up blue-e-motion (a new city specialist), the Golf blue-e-motion and the technically closely-related Jetta blue-e-motion will launch on the market. In the same timeframe, the Lavida blue-e-motion will also launch in China. The stated objective: Volkswagen wants to use bestsellers such as the Golf to take electric vehicles out of their niche model status and to become the market leader for a new type of sustainable mobility by 2018. This strategy coincides with planning by the German federal government, which would like to see about one million electric vehicles on the streets by 2020.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG: "Future electric cars give us enormous opportunities for reshaping mobility to be even more sustainable. When it comes to the environment, however, we must ensure that the energy used to operate these electric cars is produced from renewable sources. Since automotive manufacturers do not have any influence on the types of power plants that are built, the federal government must ensure that eco-friendly energy sources are utilised. Only then will we experience a genuine transition to a new era."

In parallel with the electric vehicle offensive, Volkswagen is accelerating the introduction of new hybrid models as well. The new Touareg Hybrid is already on the market; in 2012 a hybrid version of the Jetta will debut, then in 2013 the Golf Hybrid and Passat Hybrid will launch. Just as methodically, Volkswagen will continue its development work on advanced and extremely efficient petrol, diesel and natural gas engines (TDI, TSI, EcoFuel), because it is an indisputable fact that a wide variety of drive technologies will coexist far into the future. "This makes it all the more important for the German federal government to proactively support the introduction of new technologies. With regard to electric mobility, the current temporary exemption of E-cars from taxes is inadequate," says Prof. Dr. Winterkorn. The Volkswagen chief continues: "Starting in 2013 – the launch year for many new electric vehicles – the purchase of cars with zero-emissions drive systems should be promoted with a sustainability incentive. France, for example, has already pledged a cash incentive of several thousand Euros to buyers. We need to send such a signal in Germany as well. Moreover, and this is no less important, the German federal government must very quickly make provisions for broad coverage with a network of recharging stations across the republic, so that the infrastructure is available at the same time the electric car offensive is launched. Each new recharging station will also reinforce the public's trust in the everyday utility of electric vehicles. Both of these components – state-funded incentives and infrastructure – are crucial and cannot endure any delay."

Golf blue-e-motion concept car – highly anticipated

The Golf blue-e-motion concept being presented to German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be powered by an electric motor integrated in the engine compartment in front, and its power of 85 kW / 115 PS drives the car silently. Like all electric motors, the motor used in the Golf also outputs a very high maximum torque (270 Newton-meter) right from a stop. The result: more fun in zero-emissions driving. The electricity for driving the electric motor is stored in a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 26.5 kilowatt-hours.

A driving range of up to 150 kilometres can be realised in the Golf blue-e-motion; the specific range depends on driving style and factors such as use of the air conditioning and heating system. This range meets the needs of most German commuters: According to the German Federal Statistical Office, 6 of every 10 people in the workforce commute by car – on average 45.8 percent drive less than 10 kilometres (one-way commute), another 28.1 percent between 10 and 25 kilometres and 16.2 percent over 25 kilometres. The Golf blue-e-motion can also handle the driving ranges typically covered by many service providers. In short-distance driving, the zero-emissions Golf offers a sustainable solution to private users as well.

More noticeably than on today's modern petrol or diesel engines, the maximum range of an electric car is severely reduced when its maximum power is demanded frequently. However, the Golf blue-e-motion - with its top speed of 140 km/h - provides ample power reserves so that less energy is consumed while driving, and it can even coast or "sail". "Sailing" occurs whenever the driver – adopting an anticipatory style of driving - releases the gas pedal, or more apropos: the electric pedal. As in the drive system of the Touareg Hybrid, which is being produced today, the motor is then is disengaged from the drivetrain so that the car can coast with the least possible drag. The Golf blue-e-motion even recovers kinetically generated energy by battery regeneration in this mode of driving.

Adapted to the vehicle's architecture, the concept car's battery unit is located in the bootspace (useful remaining cargo capacity: 237 litres), under the rear bench seat and in the centre tunnel (between the front seats). A separate air cooling system ensures a constant thermal environment in the battery compartment.

As mentioned, all key primary and secondary drive components were integrated in the engine compartment at the front of the vehicle. In coming up with this design, developers applied experience they gained in numerous design studies. As in the E-Up concept car, an integral form of electric drive is used in the Golf blue-e-motion. Representing the core of the integral drive are the electric motor together with a transmission and differential. Energy management is handled by a high-voltage pulse-controlled inverter, which - along with the 12 Volt electrical system's DC/DC converter and charging module - is integrated in the compact integral drive. The entire unit is relatively light and compact. The five-door and five-seat Golf blue-e-motion, for example, weighs just 205 kilograms more than a comparable Golf BlueMotion TDI with DSG – despite the fact that electric car batteries are known to be heavy and weigh 1,545 kilograms on the concept car.

Next year, Volkswagen will be testing the drivetrain and energy storage modules of the future Golf blue-e-motion with a fleet of 500 test cars - under all conceivable conditions. Essentially, the countdown to production launch of the future Golf blue-e-motion has already begun. The future is almost here, especially in Germany, because this is where one million electric vehicles will be on the roads starting in 2020 – this goal was resolved by the German federal government on August 2009 and is established in the "National Development Plan for Electric Mobility." A long road lies ahead of us until 2020, especially since battery costs certainly need to be drastically reduced. However, another certainty is that a large number of the one million electric vehicles of the year 2020 will wear the VW badge.

Golf blue-e-motion Concept Car – Technical Data



4,199 mm


1,786 mm


1,480 mm


2,575 mm

Drive System

Drive type

Electric motor

Power (max. / continuous)

85 kW / 50 kW

Max. torque

270 Nm

Transmission / Tyres


EQ 210 (1-gear transmission)

Final drive type

Front-wheel drive

Tyre size

205/55 R16

Driving Performance

0-100 km/h

11.8 s

Top speed

140 km/h

CO2 emissions with electricity generated from renewable sources


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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds Good, further behind than nissan, but a good start. give me an electric up!, i'll give you 25k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The battery weighs 1,545kg (700 lb for the US people)

      This thing accelerates like a tortoise. Now that wouldn't be much of an issue, except that VW have designed this thing for maximal profits by ensuring a large motor and heavy batteries.

      Batteries are expensive and need future replacement. (thus larger profits for those who do replace batteries, and make it not as worthwhile to replace, which in turn maintains the consumerism model alive. The pig thus continues to maintain its fatness ).

      If they designed this with a multi-speed gear box and a differential (as is normal in a fuelled engine vehicle), instead of a 1 speed transmission, it would require a much smaller engine. That in turn gives one of three options;
      1. Maintain the expensive and heavy batteries for travelling further distances, in the multiples. Good for fleet vehicles.
      2. substantially reduce the weight of the batteries, for the same travel. That means; a manufacturing cost saving. ; battery replacement cost saving (of course the manufacturers care for the long term profits over the environment, despite the false pretence) ; one is not unnecessarily carrying so much weight. The car could have better performance and also be made further efficient.
      3. some combination of both motor size reduction, and battery size reduction. That would improve performance, AND improve mileage. That means less energy consumption, and thus less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. It is a shame that these large companies would be so short sited and only concerned about selling more batteries to us, and gives us false pretences and alluding to caring for the environment, when it is clearly not the case.

      Although it has only been on a very small scale, electric car conversions have been happening for several decades. People have used lead acid batteries, which are heavier than what VW and other manufacturers use. Yet, they have used engines multiple size smaller, and batteries in weight that are also 3 to 4 times lighter...

      I conclude that VW are NOT serious about electric cars, but merely giving on a show of concern.

      The Nissan Leaf seems to have the same attitude as VW in that they have aimed design at higher power consumption, to sell more batteries to the people...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electric cars are only going to take off when people accept the idea that cars need to be lighter!!

      I could have an electric bicycle with a 600 mile range... or full size car with a 40 mile range. The final result should be somewhere in between.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good luck selling that to a egocentric public who thinks they need to be sitting in their living room on 4 wheels to take a stupid kid to school.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds eerily similar to the introduction of the Mini-E...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two quick observations... I'm surprised that golf cart manufactuers arent jumping into this market space...

      And does this mean my jetta will serve as a golf cart too? Definately a marketing bonus there ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Golf carts manufacturers already make "neighborhood electric vehicles". But they are restricted in speed and the roads they are allowed to be driven on, because they lack safety features like crumple-zones and airbags. The engineering cost to meet safety standards are sky high (unless they start with an established automobile chassis, like the Tesla roadster).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like VW and BMW(MINI) are a little behind Nissan with the electric car technology. The Leaf/Aerovironment battery system has a larger capacity and a quick-charge that about an hour vs. the eMINI's 8 hour charge. My concern is my prejudice against European electronics has me doubting VW, BMW, & MB can produce a reliable product. I have a huge bias against Bosch and Fiet based on my time in London and owning a Euro car. There's a reason why I drive a VW TDI...much fewer electrical components than a gasoline engine (no spark plugs, coil packs, or distributors). In sunny southern California, I don't even need the glow plugs :)

      I'll wait and see how these cars hold up over time, VW/Audi has improved in reliability over the years, but I don't think I'm ready. I think they should spend more focus on diesel/biodiesel, and hydrogen power.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everything they come up with is 3-4 years away...everytime.

      2013 - we're going to se EV's in 2016

      2016 - we're going to see EVs in 2019.

      What a bunch of bullsh6t...wtf are we supposed to do in the meantime?
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. Deal with it.
        2. Drive a Diesel
        3. See 1 & 2
        4. Rinse and Repeat
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well if your a VW fan then I would say drive the 70mpg Polo Bluemotion TDI or if that cant fill your family needs move the to Jetta TDI or equally good Golf TDI. And it makes more sense for VW to release the electric versions on the next generation for these 3 vehicles as the current models A) werent designed to be electric B) most designs are a couple years in the planing stage before production C) because as a German company they want to have the best EV results when the do bring it to market. I can go on more but there is no point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Flappy, I would love to have a 70 MPG Polo, and my fuel bill would be nice. I think we might even have them on the showroom soon. I would have a little range anxiety with the E model, but it would make a nice short commute car, but as with most EVs, it is still just fluff.