We recently had the opportunity Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf Blue Motion Drive in e-visibility home town of Wolfsburg, and we can say that it is very likely the best cars and the best affordable electric driving. But we are not convinced, even disappointing.
To explain this apparent paradox, let’s start with fifty backgrounder on the state of the race electric car. As you may have heard, Nissan and General Motors ramping production of (relatively) cheap and (relatively) electric vehicles practical. Suddenly, every automaker is not mass-produced electric vehicle is behind the technology curve – or at least perceived as such. This also applies to the mighty Volkswagen Group. Of course, the world’s fastest production car and some of these concepts appear very attractive in a green sports car Porsche 918 Spyder, and the High E to build Tron. But it can and will produce Nissan Leaf Rivals?
If we would only drive our experience, the answer an unqualified yes. The four-door Golf Bluemotion E-slogan of the Volt Chevy’s car “more than electric, and makes it reality. From the outside, the conversion of current to power invisible. Suitable for the 114-kilowatt electric motor, fine in the engine compartment and modules for the Note, however, the battery with three lithium-ion air-cooled with residence in the center console, rear seat and rear cargo floor is a small reduction in this function. In the Gulf, information is adapted subtly equipment for electric vehicles. The LCD touch screen of this standard in the GTI registered be to access the battery and other important figures. no evidence is green outside the open, even though borrowing a pair of end pieces up from the Golf GTI and R, including LED tail lights. VW promises the car produce away from “twenty feet” seen as a EV, but also makes clear its goals to a filtered first produce small cars and the second electric car.
This logic also applies to the driving experience. Have long wondered how the Bay of compact rarely exciting, whether it is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder in-line five-cylinder turbo-diesel or small. It seems true that, even if no combustion at all. This means that the steering, excellent handling and ride, although substantial curb weight of about 3400 pounds (about the same as a program and 400 pounds heavier than a Golf with five cylinder petrol engine and automatic transmission). Weight distribution actually improved to around 50-50, to the charge of the battery depends on the tail, but a few quick passes roundabout on the basis that the factory is the tendency, in the vein of what we had understeer experience with diesel-powered Golf.
The acceleration is in line with those of all other electric cars we’ve driven, direct delivery and almost silent in 199 lb-ft of torque off the line. The battery indicator faster than we expected, named the prediction of a complete range of only about 100 km (60 miles-ish) at the end, against the promised 150 km, but based on several short and aggressive journalists helmet testing in the cold season , the last factor is very important, because the car is not the type of heating fluid in volts. Even with this limitation, the sale would go tomorrow if the price is comparable with the Volt and the sheet to our favorite class is.
But therein lies the problem. Electric Golf is do not buy from today to tomorrow or any day by the year 2014, when he began at last to the next generation Golf platform. He does so on the basis of our prototype, the existing platform, a simple drive train mule driving. to ride for journalists, but not convince us still – to share true to his attention, the ability to electric cars company car – even fun.