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1162013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

More Fun Than A Prius, Less Sensible Than A TDI

Add2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid debuts with projected 45 mpg combined rating

The lithium-ion battery in the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid may be small (just 1.1 kWh), but it can pack a punch big enough to move the gas-electric to speeds up to 44 miles per hour using nothing but electrons. Throw in a combined estimated fuel efficiency rating of 45 miles per gallon and a class-leading 0-60 time of 9.0 seconds, and you've got a green Jetta that should prove to be fun out on the highway.

502013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid debuts with projected 45 mpg combined rating

The lithium-ion battery in the new Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid may be small (just 1.1 kWh), but it can pack a punch big enough to move the gas-electric to speeds up to 44 miles per hour using nothing but electrons. Throw in a combined estimated fuel efficiency rating of 45 miles per gallon and a class-leading 0-60 time of 9.0 seconds, and you've got a green Jetta that should prove to be fun out on the highway.

AddVolkswagen announces electrification plan, 500 Golf EVs in 2011

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

AddREPORT: Upcoming U.S. VW sedan to be offered with diesel and hybrid powertrains

2011 Volkswagen NMS Sketch No. 2 – Click above to enlarge

AddVW won't rely on suppliers for hybrid hardware

Most of the manufacturers that have already introduced hybrid vehicles have produced most of the components in-house including Toyota, Honda and General Motors. In the last couple of years, a number of the largest automotive suppliers including Bosch and Continental have made moves to get into the business of making components and systems like electric motors, generators and power electronics. The mild hybrid system developed by Daimler and BMW that will come to market in 2009 uses a disk shaped

66VW 1-liter eco-friendly car set to make a return

Click above for more shots of the VW One-Liter concept car

18VW and Sanyo hook up on lithium-ion battery development

Following the lead of Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan, Volkswagen has announced a major deal with Sanyo to produce lithium-ion batteries. The two companies already have ties, as VW uses Sanyo's nickel-metal hydride batteries in its current hybrid vehicles, such as the upcoming Audi Q7 hybrid. Li-ion batteries are the current cream-of-the-crop when it comes to storing electricity and VeeDub has plans to begin offering vehicles with the high-tech copper tops as early as 2009.

AddVolkswagen Golf and Polo hybrids could be ready by 2009

It looks like Volkswagen may have hybrid versions of the both the Polo and Golf on the market by 2009. In an interview with German magazine AutoBild, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn seems to indicate that following the introduction of downsized engines like the TSI models and the BlueMotion diesels, they are working on hybrid drivetrains. The Google and BabelFish translations are pretty rough but it appears that both mild and full hybrid versions are under test. It looks like they are taking advantage

AddHybrid versions of the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne

We have already passed along news of the impending hybrid drivetrain that will appear on versions of the Porsche Cayenne, and now we hear word that they may show up on the upcoming Porsche Panamera as well. This is logical, as the drivetrain options in the Panamera are expected to mirror those of the Cayenne and both vehicles will be built at the same plant. Details include a 3.6 liter narrow angle V6 engine sourced from Volkswagen and lithium ion batteries providing the juice for the packaged e

AddVolkswagen funds professorship of lithium-ion batteries in Germany

Will VW lead the plug-in hybrid pack in the future? The company seems to be giving it a go with the establishment of a donated Chair for Applied Material Sciences for Energy Storage and Energy Conversion at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. The professorship will commence next year and will focus on batteries for hybrid vehicles, specifically lithium-ion batteries. As always, improved performance and reduced costs are the goal. Degussa AG, Chemetall GmbH a

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