PHOTO CAPTION: Volkswagen Golf Blue E-Motion electric hybrid prototype.

Volkswagen Joins Electric Hybrid Competition

Volkswagen plans plug-in electric hybrid versions of the Passat and Golf models in 2014.

Published: 30-Sep-2012

Volkswagen AG has traditionally relied on diesel engines to meet fuel-economy and emissions requirements, but it's also looking closely at advancing its plug-in hybrid powertrains with regulations set to tighten in many of its key markets.

Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn laid out details of auto giant's plans at an event the night before the Paris motor show. They include a product blitz that starts with plug-in hybrid versions of the Porsche Panamera and the ultra high-performance hybrid, the 918, in 2013.

VW will also launch plug-in variants of the Passat and Golf in 2014. They will be joined by versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q3 that year. A few years out, Audi will also get plug-in A6 and A8 models.


Volkwagen Blue E Motion electric car based on Golf.

VW expects pure electric, hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles to account for just 3 percent of its overall sales by 2018.

VW 2013 Jetta Turbo.

The Jetta Hybrid is about 20% less thirsty than a similarly powered sedan with a conventional drivetrain, according to Volkswagen.

'Ghost' illustration showing battery modules in e-Golf. web site purportedly leaks images of Volkswagen's pre-production electric Golf, which may be revealed at Geneva Auto Show.


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