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As we said when we first drove the Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion, Volkswagen is taking its time getting into the all-electric game. Given the tremendous ups and downs that electric vehicles and EV start-up companies are going through, maybe making sure you have a car where everything is working smoothly – to say nothing about getting the infrastructure in place – isn't such a bad idea. And it now seems like VW is confident enough in its Golf EV, which is undergoing testing in California, to push up its estimated release date from 2014 to late 2013.

Sure, technically, that could be a difference of just one day, but we don't think that's what VW of America president Jonathan Browning meant when he confirmed next year's U.S. release date with Automotive News. Late 2013 is also when the car will go on sale in Europe. A plug-in hybrid Golf is supposed to go on sale in 2015.

Even though VW is getting ready to move into electric vehicle territory, it is well behind other automakers. Perhaps that's why it is also a bit less optimistic about the potential success of plug-ins. The automaker expects just three percent of its new vehicles to be EVs or hybrids by 2018. You can read our second spin in the Golf blue e-motion here.


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      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW was in the electric car bussines long befor other even tought about First all electric Golf commercial sold..was the 1985 VW Golf Mk II Citystromer follwed by the MK III Golf Citystromer. Today one example sits in the VW Museum ... The lack of knowlege at autoblodg is sometimes awefull... http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/92.html
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      3 percent is not non-optimistic. It's in line with overall EV/hybrid market share. As far as the competition, the VW electric and hybrid may be market break-through, in a sense, because it is an electric car not designed and marketed as an ostentatious hair-shirt for car-haters. It doesn't look pretentiously futuristic, it doesn't have silly electricity-themed plastic trim like the Kia, and dynamics will not be awful. It's just a car, but electric/hybrid.
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's nice and all, but I'm more interesting in the Twin Drive (hybrid) option. *Most* of my trips are under 30 miles, but my same car needs to do interstate travel several times a year as well. Sure, a diesel would be great for this too, but I like the idea of driving electric for most of my needs, with the ability to go the long haul as well. I sure hope that 2015 days is revised downward as well!
      peteMT
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thought of a VW with *more* electrical systems has got to be some kind of sadomasochistic irony.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @peteMT
        The thought of a *anything* with *more* electrical systems has got to be some kind of sadomasochistic irony. -There, fixed if for you! I seem to recall just about every auto maker had issues in the race to gadgetize in the late 90s.
      Meric Turkbikmaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      You are not well behind other automakers if you have a 1.6 TDI which gives you amazing 4,5lt/100km combined fuel consumption here in Europe.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      More competition, maybe by then we should have an electric that will cost under 28k after tax breaks