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By Laurent J. Masson ·
August 27, 2013

Volkswagen to Launch All-Electric E-Golf and E-up! in September

Volkswagen will introduce two new EVs at the same time, at the Frankfurt motor show in mid-September. Both models will be available to order at the show, with deliveries of the E-up! beginning right after the show, and the e-Golf coming very early next year. Specifications for the E-Golf have finally been revealed, and it's obvious that Volkswagen wants to outdo the Nissan LEAF.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
August 06, 2013

Overview: Plug-in Car Roadmap for German Carmakers

The BMW i3 was unveiled last week, and the Volkswagen e-up! will get its first auto show next month. So, what's next? Here's an overview of German manufacturers' EV projects, brand by brand.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 27, 2012

Here Comes the Electric Autobahn

During the past few months, I've had the chance to drive representative models from each of the German "Big Three." They represent slightly different approaches to the EV market but all are either already in the market or will be soon.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 26, 2011

Volkswagen Settles on Standard Electric Car Battery, From China

Volkswagen will use the same battery module design for all its electric vehicles globally across all its brands, according to Dr. Tobias Giebel, head of the Volkswagen Research Lab in Shanghai. In an interview with PluginCars.com, Giebel said Volkswagen is working with local battery manufacturers in China to produce a product that meets Volkswagen’s global standards. “We believe the future of battery cell sourcing is in China,” he said.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
April 27, 2011

Volkswagen Tests Electric Compact Van Concept with Elektro Caddy

Volkswagen may see things differently than competitors like Ford and Renault. The electric Ford Transit Connect is the first electric Ford on the market, and Renault expects to sell tens of thousands of its electric Kangoos. Ford and Renault both believe there is a market for electric compact utility vehicles, but I don't see any indication Volkswagen has the same belief.

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By Zach McDonald ·
December 19, 2010

VW Gets 'Serious' About Electric Taxi Concept, Shows Off Special London Edition

At an event in London this week, Volkswagen revealed the third in a series of city-specific customizations of its electric Taxi Concept. According to Autocar, the commercial fleet EV is being “seriously considered” for production by VW executives, and could be well positioned to compete globally for large orders from cities looking to cut the emissions of their cabs.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 12, 2010

Volkswagen Sales Chief Says Government is Forcing Them to Build Electric Cars

Is Volkswagen truly serious about electric cars? Based on the comments and tone that their Board Member responsible for sales conveyed at a media roundtable in Germany this week, it's hard to gauge just how real the EV is for Volkswagen.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 19, 2010

Europeans Push For New Charger Plug

Concerned about fast-charging that will allow EVs to fully replace internal combustion engine vehicles, German automakers are pushing for an upgraded connector plug that will accommodate Level 3 and future direct current (DC) charging.

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By Larry E. Hall ·
August 15, 2010

Volkswagen’s Eberhard Sees 500-Plus Miles EV Driving Range By 2020

Today, some experts believe the energy of electric car batteries eventually will catch up to gasoline. One of those experts is Martin Eberhard, founder of Tesla Motors and currently the electric vehicle-engineering director at Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Palo Alto, California. He believes EVs will have more than 500 miles of range by 2020. He told Auto Week magazine, “Cars get really interesting when the range in miles has three digits, and more is always better.” Is Eberhard suggesting that the Nissan LEAF and other electric cars with 100-mile range are not sufficient?

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By Larry E. Hall ·
August 09, 2010

Diesel Lovin’ VW Reveals Aggressive Electric Vehicle Plan

Volkswagen, along with other European auto companies, has long proclaimed diesels as the best fuel saving alternative. True, diesels are efficient and practical, but in the U.S., they have a reputation of being noisy and smelly. VW has worked hard to overcome that image with cars like the Jetta TDI but now are apparently changing direction (although they still like diesels). During a press conference last month at its Electronics Research Lab in Palo Alto, California, Volkswagen chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn said, “In the future, the heart of Volkswagen will also beat with electricity.” We were there to learn what we could about VW's electric plans.

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