Golf Blue-e-Motion fleet heading to the United States

In addition to test trials taking place in Belgium, Austria and France, the Golf Blue-e-Motion is heading overseas to the United States, with Volkswagen of America distributing 20 cars to three separate locations.

The test vehicles will be despatched to Volkswagen plants characterized by their divergent climatic conditions and traffic situations, with five Golfs being delivered to Auburn Hills (Michigan), seven to Herndon (Virginia) and eight to Belmont (California).

“For the successful market launch of the electric vehicle, chargers at the customer’s home as well as quick access to public charging infrastructure is essential. For the U.S., specific legal situations and characteristics particular to the power grid, for example, the 110 V mains voltage and other plug-in charging systems,” said Volkswagen’s Dr. Rudolf Krebs.

Electricity from a lithium-ion battery, with an energy capacity of 26.5 kWh, feeds the motor, which develops a maximum power of 85 kW (114 hp) and a continuous output of 50 kW (67 hp). Maximum torque is an impressive 270 Nm (199 lb/ft), which is available as soon as you step on the quiet pedal, while a range of around 150 kilometres (93 miles) is possible, depending on driving style and use of systems such as air conditioning.

Volkswagen is looking to have the Blue-e-Motion in its European showrooms towards the end of next year.

[Source: Volkswagen Germany]

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