Volkswagen presents Golf 8 with five hybrid versions
With the launch of the Golf 8, Volkswagen is sending its bestseller onto the road in five hybrid variants, without a single purely electric drive among them. Christoph M. Schwarzer has taken a detailed look at them all asks if the Golf 8 will be the last of its kind.
Porsche Panamara S E-Hybrid, Golf GTE.
Video tip 1: Recombu Cars took the Porsche Panamara S E-Hybrid for a spin, finding that one can either love or hate the car. Jay Cole from Inside EVs speculates that this is why Porsche has not marketed the hybrid more aggressively.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Video tip 2: See how the Golf GTE hybrid is made. It is the first VW plug-in hybrid to make it to series production and AutoMotoTV took a look behind the scenes (and into the production halls).
youtube.com via mein-elektroauto.com (in German)
VW Golf GTE, Harley LiveWire.
Video tip: Once more, Robert Llewellyn gets excited over a low emission vehicle features in Fully Charged. This time, it is the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid that first surprises and then enthuses the comedian.
Reading tip: Ted Dillard has seen the Harley LiveWire and is rather unimpressed by the engineered sound (“timid”), the mirrors (“hazardous”) and 50-mile range (“unrealistic”). His favour only finds the low mount of the motor (“great solution”) that results in a “tight” and well tracked ride.
Nevada, Peugeot, India, E-Golf, Golf GTE.
The Nevada-Gigafactory deal will offer Tesla more incentives than expected. In return for choosing Nevada as location for the Gigafactory, the state will support the enterprise with a package estimated at 1.25 billion dollars. If approved by legislature, Tesla will basically operate tax free for the first 10 years and not having to pay sales tax for another ten years. In exchange for the incentives, Tesla must agree to invest at least 3.5 billion dollars in the battery plant.
forbes.com, businessinsider.com, teslamotors.com
Updated hybrid for Paris: Peugeot will show a new version of the hybrid study Exalt at the Paris Motor Show. The updated vehicle feature new materials and a little extra – it will come with a foldable electric scooter, called the HYbrid-kick, stored in the boot of the car.
Chinese EV from India? A consortium of 15 Chinese companies allegedly wants to produce electric vehicles in the Indian region of Gujarat. Among them are seven carmakers. They are planning on investing 100 million dollars into building electric buses, ambulance and police cars.
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E-Golf with sirens: Though there are no reports suggesting that Germany’s police force is looking to go electric, Volkswagen will show its E-Golf police car at the upcoming General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Leipzig. More and more police forces worldwide have chosen to add EVs to their fleets.
Driving the Golf GTE: VW’s first plug-in hybrid is an overall smooth ride, especially in the city. Though Andy Pringle from AutoTrader finds the engine pretty noisy when going into sports mode and says, the vehicles extra pounds are weighing down acceleration. Still, he would “recommend it over a Toyota Prius plug-in or Vauxhall Ampera.”
VW Golf PHEV released, Kia Soul EV Ad.
Pictures and video of Golf GTE released: The plug in hybrid’s engine – including the 75 kW electric motor – has a combined power output of 150 kW, allowing it to reach a top speed of 217 kph (135 mph). The 8.8 kWh battery adds a 120 kilogram of weight, accounting for around 8% of the total car weight of 1,524 kg.
indianautosblog.com, technologicvehicles.com (video)
Video tip: Kia kicks off the marketing campaign for its first EV under the motto “Recharge your Soul.” And the advertising spot is just as much of an eye-catcher, as the vehicle itself.