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Volkswagen's U.S. ecomobility promotion efforts reveals two new facets this week with the announcement of both a "Think Blue" tour and the official details of the E-Golf test program we first heard about a few weeks ago.

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According to French blog Caradisiac, Volkswagen will show a brand new electric-car concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Pitched as VW demonstrating its intention to field a competitor for the hot-selling Nissan Leaf and the most-excellent Mitsubishi i-MiEV, word is the VW offering isn't based on any current car, nor is it destined for production.

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Wolfsburg Questions Its Own Wisdom With EV Golf

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Wolfsburg Questions Its Own Wisdom With EV Golf

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Audi A1 E-tron concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Don't tell Volkswagen that it's behind the curve on electric vehicles. The company is showing off its brand new e Golf – sorry, Golf Blue-e-motion – to journalists in Wolfburg, Germany this week, and is making sure to remind us that it has made at least 20 plug-in or hybrid prototypes in the past four decades, from the Electric Transporter in 1973 to the Space Up! in 2007. Okay, the company may not bring an electric vehicle (EV) to market until 2013 – three years after Nissan a

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Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-motion – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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On May 1 in Berlin, Germany transport minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer went for a drive in the first Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion with VW board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg. The new battery-powered Golf is the first of a fleet of 500 that will be deployed starting next year in customer trials in Germany.

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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.

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen e-up! concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Volkswagen E-Up! Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

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2007 Volkswagen Space up! Blue concept - click above for high res image gallery

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VW Up! concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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