VW Group will launch a range of plug-in hybrids by 201308 May 2011
Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the VW Group announced last Friday that by 2013-2014 VW will launch a wide range of plug-in hybrids:
"The electric car will impact the future of individual mobility in crucial ways – and Volkswagen is spearheading this technology. Over the mid-term, the plug-in hybrid offers great potential, because it combines the best of two worlds in one vehicle."
What is a Plug-In Hybrid?
This is an evolution of the current hybrid technology, thanks to a rechargeable battery with bigger capacity.
The principle remains the same, an electric motor is combined with an ICE (internal combustion engine) to reduce emissions, but instead of recharging through energy regeneration as in the current hybrid, the battery can be recharged allowing greater reductions in emissions and a bigger range in full electric mode.
This technology is really interesting for intelligent four-wheel drive engines.
Which performance should we expect?
The latest evolution of the Twin Drive technology was presented at the Geneva Auto Show in the concept Tex:
“Equipped with a 7 speed DSG gearbox, its 1.4 liter turbo gasoline engine offers 110hp and 225Nm of torque, it is assisted by an electric motor with a 114hp peak power (60 continuous) and 260Nm that uses a 8,5kWh Lithium-Ion battery.
The result of this combination offers up to 400Nm of torque, the 0 to 100kph takes 6 seconds and achieves a 220kph maximum speed while being capable of emitting only 38g/km or even a full electric drive (0 emissions) for 35km."
The VW group has already presented the Seat Leon TwinDrive and should launch the electric Golf Blue-e-motion in 2014.
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