Volkswagen has released some more images of the lithium ion battery powered Golf Blue-e-motion that will be used for a fleet test beginning early next year. The 500-vehicle fleet will have 26.5 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy storage with the batteries located under the rear cargo floor, rear seat and in the center tunnel. The battery system is air-cooled with its own thermal management system.
The 85-kilowatt electric motor and power electronics reside in the engine compartment and drive the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. At just over 3,400 pounds, the electric Golf is about 450 pounds heavier than a diesel powered Golf Bluemotion. The e-Golf can accelerate to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds and has an estimated range of 93 miles. The full production e-Golf will be launched in 2013 along with an electric Jetta and Up mini-car.