In an interview with the German news magazine Stern this week, Volkswagen's R&D boss Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg announced that the automaker would introduce an electric car by 2013. The first model will be in small series production according to Hackenberg and be powered by an electric motor of 81-95 hp, meaning it will likely be a small city car. Other reports indicate that VW will be showing a new electric version of its forthcoming up! micro-car this week in Frankfurt.
Hackenberg highlights the complexity of building an EV that meets all current requirements and expresses some skepticism about being able to achieve a 200-300 mile range in the near term. According to Hackenberg, a 60-70 mile range should be sufficient for most typical drivers. Hackenberg expects internal combustion cars to continue dominating for at least the next 15 years. As part of its move to improve the efficiency of such vehicles, VW will also show a new two-seater that gets 235 mpg (U.S.) in Frankfurt. The seats in the concept are arranged in tandem.
[Source: Stern as translated by Google]