By 2018 Volkswagen Wants 3 Percent Of Sales To Be Electric Or Hybrid Vehicles
|   Monday, January 14, 2013
Volkswagen plans to launch an electric and hybrid offensive. The Germans will focus on hybrid models and try to achieve a share of 3% of total sales in 2018 with models of this type.

In the circumstances where French company Renault is seeking an advance in electric vehicles, Volkswagen cannot stand by idly. Therefore, the German manufacturer and the group with the same name, promise a sustained offensive in the coming years.

At a press conference in California, Rudolf Krebs, head of electric vehicles within the VW Group, has unveiled plans for the next period.
According to him, pollution standards that are to be imposed in the next period will be respected only when using the electrification of the automobile.
Volkswagen is aware of this and has set an ambitious target since last year, when it announced that in 2018 approximately 3 percent of the sold units will be electric powered or hybrid.

The first model that will break the ice in this segment will be the electric version of Up!, scheduled to begin in mid-2013. Little E-Up!, because it will be named the youngest range, will be followed in 2014 by an electric version of the Golf, scheduled to go on several continents, not only on the European market.

Rudolf Krebs also stressed that pure electric vehicles have a real problem with autonomy, but this can be avoided when talking about hybrid powered outlet. This solution is viable for both small vehicles as well as the largest cars.

Essentially, 65 kilometers would be range of the hybrids powered from an electric outlet. Again, it was mentioned that 3 percent of all cars sold by the Volkswagen group in 2018 will be models with alternative propulsion.
In the luxury segment, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be the first hybrid electric which will break the ice, even this year. It will be followed by plug-in hybrid version of the Audi A3, A6, A8 and Q7 scheduled to begin after 2014. Also, Golf and Passat will enjoy this technology. The tech will allow plug-in hybrid models a range set between 55 and 65 km in pure electric operation.

A Volkswagen official told that an electric car costs five times more than a conventional one, because of the battery. A hybrid car power cord could reduce these costs because development would use a smaller battery pack.
Volkswagen has announced that from April 2013 it will begin deliveries to customers of Jetta Hybrid sedan, orders that are already open, starting at a price of 31,300 euros with VAT in Germany. The car develops 170 horsepower and comes standard with seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.

The Jetta Hybrid is to attach a gasoline engine turbo 1.4-liter (TSI), 150 horsepower (hp), a type automatic DSG transmission with seven speeds has embedded an electric motor of 27 hp. Total combined power is 170 hp.
The Jetta Hybrid consumes on average 4.1 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers travelled and is 20% more efficient than a gasoline car similar in size and power, says Volkswagen. By pressing a button, the car remains "stuck" in electric mode and can travel up to 2 km electric only. In normal operation, maximizing vehicle electronic systems using electric traction and try to keep the gasoline engine off as long as possible.
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