As the latest addition to its “fleet study in electric mobility,” Volkswagen has revealed its Golf Twin Drive plug-in station wagon prototype ahead of production schedule.
The fleet mobility study is intended to run until July 2012 and 20 Twin Drive prototypes in various configurations will be put into real world testing in anticipation of a 2013 retail launch.
All-electric range for the prototype is said to be about 35 miles, and the car is essentially an updated version of a Twin Drive hatchback VW unveiled in 2008.
Gasoline-power motivation comes from a direct-injected 1.4 liter providing a respectable 114 horsepower (85 kW). When the gasoline engine is working in tandem with the electric traction motor, power output is a combined 161 horsepower.
Total range is estimated at 559 miles, which naturally is a function of the fuel tank size combined with enhanced fuel economy.
Speaking of which, VW estimates fuel consumption at 112 mpg (2.1 liters per 100 km). Power is delivered via a single-speed transmission and the vehicle uses an electronically actuated “separation” clutch.
VW is testing two different battery packs from GAIA and SB LiMotive rated at 13.2 kWh and 11.2 kWh.
Performance is decent too, as it would almost have to be for a car from a land where legal road speeds can be much higher than in the U.S.
Top speed is said to be 106 mph, and 0-60 is “under 12 seconds.” In EV mode however, top speed is 75 mph.
As stated in the press release linked above, VW said it wishes to test viability of renewable energy usage for electric mobility, and is allied with six partners to research sustainable use of electric cars.
The company said it is supplying “innovative hardware in the Golf Variant twïnDRIVE” to examine a transition toward said technologies.
VW is also studying optimization of the electric power grid, and said plug-in hybrids will assume greater importance. Extensive data will be logged and analyzed as the company remains a force to be reckoned with in advanced-tech transportation.