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2014 Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV Concept Electric Cars

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV This round Vokswagen Golf that uses an electric battery and stickers coachwork experimental side, there is only one detail that marked out as something else than millions of VW hatchback has been produced. As rivals, including Nissan . prepare a mild electric transportation futuristic to be sold this year, VW rather rear. But the company believes that the acceptance of EVs will take time and if people immediately want to Golf electricity, they will be ready.

We had a chance to sample the very early prototype. Let s see what kind of behind the wheel.

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV VW has been here before, especially in 1976 when 25 hp electric Golf experiments successfully tested more than 12,500 miles. In 1981, Volkswagen launched a series of batteries CityStromer Golf model in conjunction with the electricity supplier RWE. Powered by lead-acid batteries, performance and range gradually increases and sell 100 units of its electric VW Golf.

Recently we have seen the plug-in hybrid Golf Twin-Drive, which will enter the small-scale production this year.

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV The big difference here is the inclusion of 176-pound AC synchronous (brush-less) electric motor driving the front wheels, powered by a 694-pound, 26.4kWh, 180-cell water / air cooled lithium-ion batteries, which are distributed in three places round the car. under the trunk floor, under the rear seat and center tunnel under the floor. Additional weight of batteries, electric motor inverter current and partially compensated by the loss of the fuel tank and piston engine driveline. At 3358 pounds, Golf battery weighs 452 pounds more than the equivalent diesel with twin-clutch transmission.

Motor punches out a healthy 114 hp and 199 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. That was enough to give a top speed of 113mph, with 0 to 62 mph in 11.8 seconds. The bad news is the range of only 87 kilometers in combined NEDC driving cycle. After that you are in for a wait eight hours if you recharge on the U.S. domestic supply.

If they ever come on the pavement, three-phase 50 kW fast-charged monsters will give 85 per cent over the half hour, but the routine use of these rechargers would reduce battery life.

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV Climb up and you will struggle to see the difference between the interior and that of the standard turbodiesel Golf. Trunk floor a few inches to lose the capacity to accommodate the battery charging cable and 20-feet, but that s about it. Wait a moment, though, what is the dashboard? In place of the standard rev counter and fuel gauge, VW has brilliantly transformed the analog instrument to demonstrate the use of power in kilowatts, and the charge left in the battery.

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For the pedantically minded, there are numbers available in the pull-down, but quickly gave a glimpse of how far you should go for a run. A start key activates the system and further twist the motor gets prepared.


Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV Single-speed transmission, with automatic shifter style in the center with the conventional sign Drive, Neutral, Park, Reverse, and Brake, which rapidly in a more braking energy regeneration. You can also use the rudder pedals to slow the cars with electric power regeneration in three progressive stages.

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV Like all electric cars in which the peak torque available from zero revs, Golf quickly away from light. Even with three adults on board, the motor torque remains strong and responsive to the gas pedal up to about 50 mph when the torque began to tail off. This is a problem with single-speed electric motor, but as Tesla had discovered, the source of transmission to handle the grunt vacation is not easy.

VW said working on it. Despite the lack of that, the Golf will cruise happily at 75 mph and pulled bravely up to 90 to 100 mph. This is scary quiet and smooth, much better than rival production more closely.

Volkswagen Formula XL-1 EV Throw through the turn and felt tense Golf with good body control. Shrubs low resistance Michelin tires rolling on the pot holes, but VW said it is not optimizing the chassis and that will increase. The engineers do not need to do much with the wheel, however, which is also weighty and direct. Production car will come with a three-stage Comfort consisting of drive system, which gives a full 114 hp, normally limiting power to 87 and Range + which further reduces to 67.

As a way of eking out the remaining juice in the battery Range + works, but if you try to fight for a distant goal, it kind of stressful drive.

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