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Volkswagen to Sell Electric Golf in 2014

German automaker's first series production electric car will come to the U.S.

By Clifford Atiyeh Mar 19, 2012 12:15PM
Photo by Volkswagen.Not to be left unplugged by Audi and BMW, Volkswagen says it will offer its electric Golf in the U.S. by late next year as a 2014 model, according to a report from Automotive News.

The electric Golf will be Volkswagen's first all-electric series production car; we say series because the automaker built a few EV runoffs in the 1980s, according to Green Car Reports. VW's 500 European prototypes are running on 26.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteries with about 94 miles of range. The battery adds about 450 pounds to the car.

Pricing has not been announced. However, it's likely that the electric Golf will be based on the next-generation Golf due in 2013.

While Volkswagen has shown a few electric concepts, such as the E-Bugster in Detroit and the E-Up! at Frankfurt in 2009, it has relied steadily on its high-mileage diesel TDI models (five of which are sold in the U.S.) to fill its "green" credibility credentials. The subcompact E-Up! will be sold next year, though only in Europe.

Later this year, Volkswagen will sell a hybrid version of the Jetta, good for an estimated 45 mpg combined. Volkswagen's only electrified model on sale now is the large Touareg Hybrid, launched for 2011.

Last month, Audi announced it would test 17 electric A3 models in the US. BMW North America is leasing 700 ActiveE models, the all-electric version of the 1 Series coupe.

[Source: Automotive News via Green Car Reports]

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