Volkswagen Floods the Stage With Plug Ins in Geneva

MAR 4 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 22

Volkswagen is late to the plug-in vehicle party, but in trying to now play catch up, the automaker is one of only a few to have on display more than one electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show.

All told, Volkswagen showed off no fewer than 3 plug-in vehicles in Geneva (we suspect a fourth-the Golf GTE-will be unveiled soon).

So, here goes VW’s plug-in madness.

Presenting the Volkswagen e-Golf…

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

VW e-Golf

And now the Volkswagen e-Up!…

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

VW e-Up!

And finally the VW XL1…

VW XL1

VW XL1

VW XL1

VW XL1

VW XL1

VW XL1

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Well, hopefully they won’t burn as much oil as the typical VW these days.

The German Invasion is on. Hopefully this will light a bit of fire under Nissan, to accelerate their Gen 2 Leaf / longer-range-option launch.

Assaf you read my mind.

Indeed. Nissan has done a great job of slashing costs on the Leaf but they need to start doing improvements . . . most notably, an option for a bigger battery. And a different model without the bug-eyes would be nice.

I wonder how hard it would be to build a battery system that could handle both Chademo and SAE-CCS?

It’s not the battery that cares about CHAdeMO versus SAE-CCS, it’s the computer that talks to the off-board charger to negotiate a voltage and current. It’s also the connector that interfaces to the car. I suspect that making a car that uses both is fairly straightforward if someone put their mind to it. See also Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter.

Why would Nissan (or any other manufacturer, for that matter) want to bother with CCS? Such stations are not only rare, is there even one that doesn’t have CHAdeMO as well?

It’s more like the VW group should provide a dual inlet solution (or some adapter, like Tesla wisely offers now), at least for the time being — or maybe, given its current level of contribution to the infrastructure, forever…

Because CCS is going to be the European standard with CHAdeMO phased out.

I hope it lights a bit of fire under GM, Ford, Toyota and Honda too. Quite a bit.

Showing…but not selling in volume…

Yes, they should go immediately from drawing board to 2000 sales per month, no stalling in between by showing it to the public at the world’s largest auto shows.

Should be no problem for a company of the size of VW. The models have been shown around since two years…

One coming soon is the Passat PHEV:
‘In remarks before the opening of the Geneva Motora Show, Volkswagen Group Chairman of the Board of Management Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said that a plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat would join the Group’s range of low-CO2 vehicles “soon.”’

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2014/03/20140304-winterkorn.html

I’d guess that this one is aimed more at the US market than that in Europe, as saloons are more popular there.
So I’d expect and early US release.

That is the first plug in saloon AFAIK?

The Ford Fusion Energi is a plugin sedan/saloon.

I dont know what you mean by saloon, but the passat is pretty popular car in germany. So it’s for sure also aimed at the european market. (But US are more popular until now… Might change 2015 to 2016, when VW join the game)

Sure, saloons, ie cars with a boot instead of a hatchback, sell throughout Europe.
They are a much bigger part of the market in the US though.
I did not mean to suggest that the Passat would not be sold in Europe, but that an early release in the US is likely.

When do these hit showrooms in the USA?

E-Golf:
‘VW will launch the car “only at participating dealers in select states,” and it will go on sale roughly a year from now, in the fourth quarter of 2014.’

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1088408_2015-volkswagen-e-golf-electric-car-shown-before-la-auto-show

The E-Up is not going to be sold in the US and neither is the XLI AFAIK.

The Audi A3 E-tron is due in the US in spring 2015

So, pssgr footwell and under the rear bench goes the battery. I guess it’s promising they distributed the location to places that best accomodate, without sacrificing trunk space or, for that matter, the lower roll center those batteries will provide. I’ll refrane from saying why it was so easy.

You do realise that they spent billions in developing all new platforms to enable what you categorise as an ‘easy’ solution?

Hopefully that also makes it “easy” to electrify their beetle, too. The bug body just snaps onto the golf platform… Click, done! 😉

LOVE the exterior of the XL1. HATE the battery packaging and offset passenger seating. Retarded.

The XL1 looks like a reversed Reliant Regal (From Mr Bean).