Giving a momentous boost to green, Volkswagen has started delivering its second batch of Golf Blue-e-motion test vehicles to customers in Germany. Of the 80 plug-in Golfs hitting the streets, 53 will be handed over to individuals and businesses in Berlin while the remaining heads for Hannover and Wolfsburg.
Many MNCs including Coca-Cola, Continental, Deutsche Bahn AG and Deutsche Telekom AG are participating in the participating in the Blue-e-motion field tests. The electric Golfs will be distributed to businesses, public institutions, private motorists and corporations.
As you know, Volkswagen presented the Golf blue-e-motion electric vehicle concept to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the ceremonial launching of Germany’s “National Electric Mobility Platform” in Berlin. NEMP is a German government initiative to develop Germany into a leading market for electric mobility.
The Golf blue-emotion has a 26.5KWh lithium-ion battery pack and is powered by an 85KW electric motor which drives the front wheels through a single speed transmission. It will accelerate to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 11.8 seconds and have a top speed of 86 miles per hour (138 km/h). Paddle shifters are used to adjust the amount of regenerative braking. The vehicle’s PRNDL stick has an additional ‘B’ mode as found on some other electric vehicles to set the regenerative braking effort to the maximum for sustained downhill travelling.
The Golf Blue-e-motion is expected to hit U.S. turf as a lease-only vehicle in 2014.
(via Automotive News)