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Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

26 July 2012

I ve travelled a way to meet Volkswagen s prototype car, and at first blush it my journey has been in vain VW has brought along the wrong As the white Golf hatchback across the carpark towards me I can t noticing the distinct rhythmic of a V6 petrol engine.

But the mistake is of course. The car is plastered in Blue-e-Motion and the noise is a fake a postmodern warning. The simulated sound varies in pitch as the car speeds up, to the illusion, up until 22mph it falls silent.

I can t hear the burble from inside first dropping a window, so the Golf remains as silent, unruffled and refined as you might a Volkswagen would be, rolling without an engine.

This car isn t a product, so elements will change before a production appears in 2014. Most the bodyshell will be different, by then the current sixth hatch will have replaced by the MkVII.

Apparently the upcoming new monocoque has born with battery in mind, so the layout of components may from today s work in For now, the 26.5kWh air-cooled battery is split into pieces a long, thin filling the centre tunnel, two broader pieces sitting the rear bench and across the section of the boot floor. they create a sort of T shape.

About 110 litres of space has been sacrificed to the leaving about 240 litres for

All of the rest of the electrical gear charger, power electronics and have been shovelled the bonnet, tightly packed more prosaic items aircon, power steering and

At present the electric Golf a choice of charging point s a socket lurking behind the VW up front, plus another on the car s hip, under a conventional flap.

A selection of sockets like a good idea to me, the unpredictable layout of charging with respect to parking But chatting to one of VW s engineers I learn the finished car will probably just a single inlet cost reasons, no doubt) and the nose is the favoured location. have been problems ice during cold-weather testing, so there s more work to be

Starting the Blue-e-Motion is a wholly affair foot on the brake and the ignition key, until the swing into life and you that the car is ready. Then the auto-style transmission lever D, handbrake off, and we roll

It turns out there s neither nor forward creep baked the current car. But with a dab of we get away in the right direction, and cleanly.

Unsurprisingly, the Golf reminds me of the Nissan Leaf. The two are similar in conception, probably a similar amount, and can call on the same power the Leaf s is rated at 80kW (107bhp), the s at 85kW (114bhp) and both zip to 62mph in about 12 seconds. The has more talkative steering the Leaf (which isn t difficult) due to differences in battery packaging, a seating position, making the VW more involving to drive.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

s also more for the driver to do in the Volkswagen has come up with a of different profiles for energy an electric car s ability to feed back to the battery when down, by running the motor as a The Blue-e-Motion boasts five modes, which feel five different levels of braking as you lift off the throttle.

The least pronounced regenerative effect which actually like no braking at all, a of gliding mode is the default, by simply leaving the car in D. The strongest is gained by pulling the big lever into B, which is a braking suitable for descending steep Simply coming off the throttle in mode will light up the lamps, to avoid unwanted attention.

Between the two are three profiles, accessed with the in D. A pair of paddles affixed to the wheel allow the driver to up and down through all four of the D from a little braking to a

It s complex, but once you attune to the you can set the car up just how you like it, for the road of the moment. As an innovation, I like it a

In common with the Leaf, VW the centre-console screen to keep the informed about energy use and the of charge, while the Golf without Nissan s digital instead providing a pair of analogue dials adapted to an economy meter, range and battery gauge as well as speed.

It s too early for VW to say much likely pricing for the Golf although spokespeople did admit it likely pitch in the same as the Leaf. No doubt we will get a big before the electric Golf when Volkswagen starts to a different car as its first production EV. The VW Up also known as the e-Up, is to arrive in 2013.

We don t yet know if VW will follow in offering a battery lease to initial entry price, or do as does and keep ongoing to a minimum beyond a higher hurdle.

Or, if the marketers are as inventive as the with their paddle-shift maybe VW will come up a sales model nobody has yet considered.

Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion
Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion

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