VW's e-Golf set to arrive in U.S. in 2014
PARIS -- Volkswagen will launch an electric version of its newly redesigned Golf in 2014, said product development chief Ulrich Hackenberg. The car, called the e-Golf, also will debut in the United States in 2014.
The seventh-generation Golf was unveiled at the show last week. It goes on sale in Europe this November and comes to the United States in 2014.
The e-Golf will be mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and have an integrated electric motor of 60 to 80 kilowatts.
Hackenberg said the electric car is being developed with an eye to the United States because of pending fuel economy and emissions standards. The car will have a range of about 93 miles, he said.
The electric Golf will not have distinct styling, as does the Toyota Prius hybrid, for example, because vehicles with electric and hybrid powertrains are now more common, Hackenberg said.
He added: "Why should a customer who wants to drive a hybrid be fixed on one form?"
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