The German automaker announced that their first all-electric Volkswagen Golf that will be launched in 2013 will be the VW Golf Blue E-Motion.
The VW Golf Blue E-Motion features an electric motor developing 115PS and 199 lb-ft of torque that is backed by two Li-Ion batteries with a capacity of 26.5 kWh.
With this powering system the VW Golf Blue E-Motion is able to sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 11.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 86 mph.
The VW Golf Blue E-Motion has a 90 miles travel range between charges and the batteries are located under the rear seats where a secondary cooling system has also been placed.
Before production starts in 2013, the company will assemble 500 VW Golf Blue E-Motion prototypes that will begin testing in 2011.
Volkswagen press release :
To coincide with the foundation event held in Berlin for a National
Platform for Electric Mobility and in the presence of German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel, Volkswagen has unveiled the Golf blue-e-motion and
has outlined its future programme for electric and hybrid production
Following on from the Touareg Hybrid which goes on sale this summer,
in 2012 a hybrid Jetta will be launched before hybrid versions of the
Golf and Passat join the range in 2013.
Also in 2013 the first of the all-electric vehicles will go on sale
in the form of the Up! blue-e-motion followed closely by the Golf
blue-e-motion and the Jetta blue-e-motion. Joining them in the same year
will be an electric version of the Lavida for the Chinese market.
The Golf blue-e-motion adopts an electric motor developing 115 PS and
199 lbs ft of torque powered by lithium-ion batteries with a capacity
of 26.5 kilowatt-hours.
This allows the Golf blue-e-motion to accelerate to 62 mph in 11.8
seconds before reaching a top speed of 86 mph with a range between
charges of over 90 miles.
The batteries are neatly located in the boot of the Golf
blue-e-motion, under the rear seats and in the transmission tunnel to
leave a boot capacity of 279 litres.  The batteries are kept at the
optimal temperature through the use of a secondary cooling system.
Mounted in the engine bay, the electric motor, transmission and
differential along with high-voltage pulse-controlled inverter, the 12
Volt electrical system, DC/DC converter and charging module are all
incredibly compact and account for a rise in overall weight of only 205
kg when compared to a conventional diesel Golf.
The Golf blue-e-motion will take its next step in 2011 when a fleet
of 500 prototypes begin testing in real-world conditions ahead of
production starting in 2013.
On unveiling the Golf blue-e-motion, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn,
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG commented: ‘Future
electric cars give us enormous opportunities for reshaping mobility to
be even more sustainable.  When it comes to the environment, however, we
must ensure that the energy used to operate these electric cars is
produced from renewable sources.  Since automotive manufacturers do not
have any influence on the types of power plants that are built, the
federal government must ensure that eco-friendly energy sources are
utilised.  Only then will we experience a genuine transition to a new
Completing the unveiling, the German Federal Minister for traffic,
building and town development Dr. Peter Ramsauer, was given a tour of
the new Golf blue-e-motion by Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board
of Management, Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Vehicle

Source: Volkswagen