Volkswagen is getting ready for the future
On a special occasion - 2010 E-Workshop - in Shanghai dedicated to the rides of tomorrow, Volkswagen has displayed a remarkable line-up of five part-electric (hybrid) and full-electric cars. Three of the future eco rides are sharing a new, universal label dubbed blue-e-motion, which sets the zero-emissions mobility at pedestal. The first representative of the new badge is the Up! blue-e-motion concept, an electrically-driven, smart-styled urban ride, ready to hit the assembly line in the beginning of 2013. The second blue-e-motion car is an electric version of the widely known VW Golf, which mass production version is also planned for 2013. Last but not least is the Lavida blue-e-motion. This study ride represents the brand's intentions to design and develop vehicles exclusively tailored to the needs of the world's most significant automotive market, the China market.
Furthermore, at the display at 2010 E-Workshop is the Passat Lingyu hydrogen fuel cell ride and the recently released Touareg Hybrid, one of the most stunningly styled and advanced SUVs worldwide.
Fully developed from Shanghai Volkswagen, the Lavida blue-e-motion is an elegant saloon car powered by an electric motor with peak power of 115 horsepower (85 kW), continuous power of 69 horsepower (50 kW), and maximum torque of 270 Nm. The four-door concept is capable to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 11 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 130 km/h.
The blue-e-motion version of the European hot hatch VW Golf is styled in the same dress as the current generation Golf and packs electric motor with similar performance to the Lavida concept. Its driving power is stored in a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 26.5 kilowatt-hours and is capable to cover a range of up to 150 kilometres.
The VW Up! blue-e-motion is regarded as the Beetle of the 21st Century. It is an innovative 3+1 seating concept fitted with an electric motor with peak output of 80 horsepower (60 kW), continuous power of 55 horsepower (40 kW) and a maximum torque of 210 Newton-metres. The urban Up! Blue-e-motion weights only 1,085 kilograms and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds flat. With driving distances of approximately 130 km, the small city ride can be recharged to up to 80 percent of its total capacity within an hour.