Volkswagen: Rolling out E-Golf for Testing

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This April, Volkswagen of America will roll out a limited number of its E-golf model for testing. It is reported that the automaker will release 20 units of its upcoming electric vehicle in selected metro areas, 12 of which will deployed to company employees.

Volkswagen said in a statement that they will test the E-golf cars to gather data on driving patterns, electric performance and climate conditions. The lucky people from San Francisco, Detroit and Washington DC that can test the electric car will get a 220-volt charging station for their homes.

It will also include an iPhone with a special application that monitors charging percentages, internal temperature and other data. The testers can access a Web portal for feedback and help 24/7. Unfortunately, the car manufacturer hasn’t disclosed yet how they will select the 12 employees and eight more people that will drive the E-golf test car.

Volkswagen E-golf: What You Need to Know

Previously dubbed as “Golf Blue-e-motion,” E-golf’s “E” prefix goes in line with Volkswagen electric vehicle offerings. It’s is also made to match with the “E-up!,” their electric car that will go on sale in Europe next year.

According to Volkswagen of America President Jonathan Browning, the upcoming electric car model is based on their seventh-generation Golf, which uses the Modular Transverse Matrix or MQB platform. The car manufacturer previously said that they want to use “bestsellers such as the Golf to take electric vehicles out of their niche model status and become the market leader for a new type of sustainable mobility.”

Designed to accommodate plug-in hybrid gear and full electric drive train, the E-golf is powered by an on-board lithium-ion battery that is capable of storing up to 26.5 kilowatt per hour of power. Its charger’s plug is located where the gas cap would usually be. Moreover, it has a regenerative braking, a travel capacity of approximately 93 miles per hour on one charge, a top speed of 87 miles per hour, and an 11.6-second 0-60 miles per hour acceleration time.

Volkswagen’s battery-powered car will be available in Europe next year as a 2014 model. Although its US release is still being sorted, it’s slated to hit the market sometime in 2014. Browning pointed out:

It’s a fundamental part of our power train strategy, but sometimes it’s good to be a little more steady in terms to the approach to the market.

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