Golf TwinDrive: the Golf VII will offer a range-extender technology12 February 2012
Although it is not available in a series vehicle, the Technology TwinDrive developed by Volkswagen is presented since the beginning of 2011 in some vehicles of the group. (Leon TwinDrive - Tex TwinDrive...)
Following Martin Winterkorn’s statement last May announcing a series of plug-in hybrid VWs by 2013-2014, and the launch a fleet of 20 Golf Variant TwinDrive we learn this week that prototypes of the Golf TwinDrive based on the 3-door Golf VI are already on the road.
The TwinDrive technology is a petrol engine (which can be used as generator) coupled to an electric motor.
In the Golf TwinDrive prototype, it is a 1.4 TSI petrol engine coupled to a 80kW electric motor for emissions of only 46g/km and fuel consumption as low as 1.66l/100km (141mpg)! In electric-only the car offers 48km of range.
About the vehicle’s total range, although the vehicle’s battery size has not been revealed, here are the performances announced by the Golf Variant TwinDrive currently tested in Berlin:
Its 115hp and 600Nm electric motor is powered by a 13.2 kWh battery offering a range of 57km, once the battery depleted, a 1.4TSI engine/generator takes over to offer up to 900km of range.
No official information yet but this prototype could be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2012.
In addition to this hybrid version the already announced the Golf Blue-e-motion (full electric) is expected in 2013.
- Range extender
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