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Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by dpeilow, May 21, 2009.
VW to reveal electric car | Auto Express News | News | Auto Express
Cool info. Always thought it strange VW wouldn't be pushing the envelop here
Perfect quote, DPeilow. That is what we want to hear from all the manufacturers.
There's also this bit from the article that seems to corroborate Tesla's stance:
"We see hybrids as a stepping stone, not a solution.”
VW and BYD partner up for electric cars
Does a Memorandum of Understanding imply that VW will form a joint venture of sorts with BYD technology? I'm not sure we can assume that... Maybe a concept with the intention of buying its drivetrain and batteries from BYD--I suppose that makes sense.
Does anyone think this has to do with BYD's announced delay of [years was it which was just recent?]
From the story that TEG posted (The Big Battery Race is On: Can the U.S. Compete? | BNET Auto Blog | BNET)
The Associated Press: Volkswagen to unveil new electric car at IAA
Volkswagen's BIG Plans For Electric Vehicles Could Make It The World's Largest Automaker
Volkswagen presents the first battery-powered Golf Blue-e-motion
Volkswagen debuts E-Lavida in China
By making an EV Golf, VW is taking steps to ensure it does not lose its base as they dive into the EV arena. I thought that was a smart move on VWs part.
Well, this is more of a toe in the water exercise, much like BMW's Mini-E. They may bring out a production Golf EV in the long term, but this is more of an experiment.
I'd still have one though.
With a 130 km (80-mile) range that is not going to happen. I do not believe EVs will sell in such large quantities until average min. range is 563 km (350-miles), recharge times are greatly reduced and battery life is ~ 1000 cycles.
Or post Peak Oil will price a lot of people out of oil market / rationing is introduced.
It doesn't even have to be post peak oil if the U.S. would just stop subsidizing oil so heavily.
I thought we were post peak.
May I add that VW has a sort of sordid past just like GM does. They already have an EV it's called the GOLF Citystromer. It was a lead-acid EV Golf if I recall correctly.
That is indeed true. Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield of EVcast has one. I saw the insides of its motor this last Friday. :smile: