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Volkswagen launches electric car program

Following the lead of sibling Audi. Volkswagen is an electric vehicle (EV) program in the United States. will be distributed in specific and driven over a nine-month to gather data for future Volkswagens.

Like Audi and companies, VW modified an existing for its EV pilot program. In this it’s the Golf, known to Americans as the Jetta hatchback. The 20 cars will be five-door with electric powertrains in of the standard hardware.

The E-Golf is powered by an electric that makes 199 lb-ft of VW did not say how much horsepower it makes.

The gets its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack. did not quote an estimated range, but it did say the was designed with energy-saving These include three driving modes and regenerative which are standard features on other electric cars, and

The E-Golf can also coast the driver takes their off the throttle.

Twelve of the E-Golf vehicles will be given to employees, the rest will be in Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington, beginning in April. Volkswagen to acquire data on the effects of conditions and driving patterns in the regions.

Volkswagen will test charging hardware. The 12 in the E-Golf program will get charging stations installed at houses. Every E-Golf come with an iPhone through an app, lets check the status of charging, the air conditioning, and remotely charge the car (if plugged-in). “For a successful launch of electric vehicles, the way home chargers are handled is important, along with access to public charging said Dr.

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Rudolf Krebs, head of Group E-Traction.

Testing EVs is a change of course for Volkswagen, previous eco-car efforts focused on diesels. However, VW the first company to try an EV pilot BMW built an electric Mini, the E, and is now testing electric versions of its 1 Honda loaned a few Fit EVs to Google and University for testing.

Audi, is owned by Volkswagen, is testing its A3 with a similar pilot

So far, no production models come out of any of these programs. has discussed building an electric car along the lines of its e-tron while Volkswagen is talking electrifying some existing The company said it plans to an electric version of its Up! city and showed the E-Bugster, an electric at the Detroit Auto Show. A version of the E-Golf could against Ford’s electric

Will the pilot program in any of these cars getting We’ll know in nine

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