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While Volkswagen has no plans to bring its small Up! mini car to the U.S., we will get the planned electric version of the urban commuter. The folks at Automobile Magazine claim VW is planning to introduce the E-Up! in select U.S. markets in 2013 – possibly badged as the Up blue-e-motion.
That same year, VW is also set to launch an electric Golf and Jetta. The Golf bue-e-motion concept has already been shown, 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). Acceleration is rated at 11.8 seconds to 62 mph, with a top speed of just 140 km/h (87 mph).
All these will, however, launch in limited numbers as original test vehicles before Volkswagen begins full-scale production.
Starting in 2012, VW will also roll out the first of several new hybrid models, including a hybrid Jetta, followed by a hybrid Golf and Passat in 2013. The VW Golf and Jetta hybrids are expected to use a powertrain similar to that found in the New Compact Coupe Concept, where a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 148-hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a 27-hp electric motor. When combined with VW’s 7-speed DSG transmission, the NCC achieves an impressive 45 mpg.
GALLERY: Volkswagen E-Up!
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.
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