We've loved the concept of the Audi A1 e-Tron concept since its launch at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March. It's a range-extended electric vehicle (like the 2011 Chevy Volt) that uses a tiny Wankel rotary engine to run a generator that produces electricity to power the car once its lithium-ion battery is depleted. But now reports out of Germany says that Volkswagen, Audi's parent company, is not so pleased. Volkswagen has its own schedule of electric cars on the way, including the 2013 Golf Blue E-motion, an electric conversion of its next-generation Golf compact hatchback. Not...
VW, Daimler: There’s a Future in Electric Cars, Not Quite Yet
Can there ever be such a thing as too much honesty when it comes to frank discussions about your company policy? Normally we’d say no, but when you start to sow the seeds of doubt about the thing you’re trying to sell we’d say otherwise. Especially in the case of Christian...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Volkswagen Gains EV Experience With Ex-Renault Expert
Despite Volkswagen's green technology mainly being focused on clean diesels, the company are clearly serious about their EV program too, having lured Joerg Sommer from Renault to be their new sales director for e-mobility. The ex-Renault man previously ran the French company's EV brand operations...Antony Ingram
VW Charges Up Blue e-Motion Golf For 2013 Launch, Testing Now
As we pointed out last week, it’s not always best to be first to release a new generation of technology, especially when the competition is so fierce. Playing the game between being the first and the best is a tough one for automakers everywhere. While Mitsubishi, Chevrolet and Nissan are all...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield