2014 Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion First Drive

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Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world's leading automaker by 2018 and that means being top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric cars. Previously, the German auto giant announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains and even opened a battery research lab at Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California.

Since then, we've been treated to the unveilings of a host of hybrid and electric car prototypes, the most famous of which was the E-Up concept car, which is destined to be Volkswagen's first mass-produced electric car and should be rolling off the factory floor in 2013. Unfortunately, the chances of this model being sold in the U.S. are very slim.

There remains, however, hope on the horizon for electric car fans here in the U.S. that also appreciate German engineering. Volkswagen's second electric car, the Golf blue-e-motion, will likely be offered for local sale, and the first prototypes, like the one you see here, should be hitting our shores by February of next year.

Volkswagen will be shipping over a small fleet of about 20 Golf blue-e-motion prototypes for trial use by fleets and government agencies over the course of next year. No locations have been confirmed as yet but expect the usual early adopter states--California and New York--to be included. Trials in Europe have already commenced.

If the trials prove successful, production of the electric Golf will start in 2014. Note, by then, Volkswagen will have already started building its MkVII Golf so the design of the cars will be very different to the prototype you see here, which is based on the current MkVI Golf.

The technology, too, especially in regards to the batteries and charging systems, should also be significantly advanced by the time production starts. Some of the things that are likely to change include the size, weight and power density of the batteries, as well as the charge time and range.

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Comments (7)
  1. Pretty interesting with those drive modes. I really want to try this myself.

  2. This is nothing but a rip-off of the LEAF. Most people know how reliable German electrics are (NOT!) Bosch batteries are the worst on the market. And enough of the "German engineering" accolade. That's a myth that you probably crowed about because VW paid your way to test it.

  3. The history of German engineering in the case of the VW
    is crappy engineering and poor reliability. VW has about as much chance of becoming top dog as Subaru.
    And solar panels are not rated in terms of volts (the 12 volt solar panel), a meaningless characteristic when attempting to denote power - panels are rated in WATTS, please. As in electric motors. We're getting
    unimpressed by this never-ending stream of 100 mile
    range electric cars - and 4 hour recharging a small
    battery pack like this (at supposedly Level 3 rates)
    must be some kind of joke.

  4. Meh! A day late and a dollar short, to be very charitable.

  5. Thanks for the update. Just curious any info on how is the pack cooled/heated?

  6. Seems like VW has ignored the potential of EVs in designing the driving experience. The inclusion of regen on the brake pedal instead of allowing one-foot driving and a noise generator simulating an old car on the front to annoy the owner and pedestrians feels like an attempt to create a failure no?

  7. I would probably buy a VW electric car if it was competitively priced. I have been favorably impressed with the quality and reliability of recent Volkwagens. My 2009 GTI, and 2010 Golf TDI have exceeded my expectations in quality of build, comfort, safety, reliabilty, handling, and state of the art electronics.

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