Passat Gets PHEV Version In Europe

Volkswagen is preparing a PHEV derivative of its new European Passat.

The eighth-generation Passat is currently being launched in Europe, and Volkswagen already announced it will show the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system.

VW announced it as a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one and available as a sedan or station wagon. Plug-in hybrid, in this case, means the combination of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, which is supplied with energy from an externally (or in Charge mode) chargeable 9.9 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The gearbox is an automatic six-speed DSG with three clutches (dual clutch plus disengagement clutch) that was specially developed for hybrid use.

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Thanks to its battery, VW said the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. At the press of a button next to the gear lever, the driver can also control the all-electric mode (“E-Mode”) at will – for example, at the end of a drive when the destination is in a city.

A contrast to the “E-Mode” is offered by the mode “GTE”, continued VW, which is also accessible at the press of a button – in this mode, the Passat delivers sporty personality and a wide variety of parameters such as the accelerator pedal and steering are also configured in a sportier way in this mode.

The electric motor produces 85 kilowatt; the NEDC consumption (for hybrid vehicles) is over 141 mpg (under 2.0 l/100 km) and 13.0 kilowatt hour/100 kilometer; these values equate to CO2 emissions lower than 45 g/km. In combination with the TSI gasoline engine, the vehicle has a driving range of over 620 miles according to VW, with a full 50-liter fuel tank and fully charged battery.

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VW added the Passat GTE will be launched in the second half of next year and will be launched with the high resolution 6.5-inch display of the standard “Composition Media” infotainment system. Optional: the “Discover Media” (also with a 6.5-inch display) and “Discover Pro” (with an 8.0-inch display) radio-navigation systems. Both these devices, said VW, feature numerous additional functions in the Passat GTE. They include a “range monitor”, an “energy flow indicator”, “zero-emission statistics”, “e-manager” and – when the optional navigation system is installed – the “360° range” feature.

Volkswagen explained it integrated the electric motor into the gearbox housing. Additional components of the hybrid drive include the power electronics (converts DC power from the battery to AC power for the electric motor) and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor also ensure optimal and energy-efficient operation of the brakes and air conditioner in “E-Mode”.

There are two ways to charge the battery in the Passat GTE, said VW, via the charging socket in the radiator grille. First: the standard charging cable is plugged into a 230 volt mains electrical socket. The battery is then charged by alternating current (AC) from the mains at a power level of 2.3 kilowatt. From completely dead, the battery can be fully charged (100 percent battery charge level) in four hours and 15 minutes. Second: Volkswagen offers an optional wall box for a garage or carport which charges at a power level of 3.6 kilowatt. Using this method, the battery is fully charged after two hours and 30 minutes.