Along with six partners, Volkswagen is conducting a fleet study in electric mobility. Based around the use of twenty Golf Variant twïnDRIVE models, the project will run until June 2012. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid drive drivetrain, the Golf is capable of travelling up to 57 km (35 m) purely on electrical power, and for further distance its small internal combustion engine provides for a total range of around 900 km (558 m).

Cleverly, the driver can program the car (via the radio-navigation system) to utilise the E-motor – purely for city driving, but switch to the internal combustion engine when enhanced performance is required.

According to plans by the federal government, by 2020, Germany’s number of pure electric vehicles will have reached one million units.

[Source: Volkswagen]

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