Volkswagen has now officially announced the Golf blue-e-motion electric car will launch in 2013, preceded by the Up blue-e-motion city car and followed by an electric Jetta. All three cars are set to debut in 2013.
The concept car is powered by a lithium-ion battery and electric motor, making 113-hp and 199 ft-lbs of torque, with a range of 150 km (93 miles). Volkswagen claims this will easily meet the needs of most commuters, as roughly half of all Germans travel less than 10 km (6 miles) to work each way, with only 16 percent traveling more than 25 km (15.5 miles) each way. Acceleration is rated at 11.8 seconds to 62 mph, with a top speed of just 140 km/h (87 mph).
The lithium-ion battery is located low in the trunk of the car, leaving an adequate 8.4 cubic feet of space. The electric batter does add weight to the car, bringing the total curb weight to 3,400 lbs.
Starting next year VW will launch a fleet of 500 test cars, with a planned production model launch in 2013. Volkswagen intends to be at the forefront of what it sees as a switch to electric cars with their estimates saying one million electric cars will be on the road in Germany by 2020.
In addition to electric models, Volkswagen is also planning to introduce three new hybrids, with a Jetta hybrid coming in 2012, while both a Golf hybrid and Passat hybrid will bow in 2013.
Official release after the jump: