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
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.
Like most other automakers, Volkswagen is ramping up its electrification efforts and part of that is putting someone in charge. VW announced today that it has hired Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann for the newly-created slot of Group Chief Officer for Electric Traction. Neumann, who was most recently chairman of supplier Continental, will report directly to VW Chairman and CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn. During Neumann's tenure at Continental, that company also continued its efforts to get into the electric d