Volkswagen: In the Future We’ll Offer a PHEV in Every Segment


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At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, German automaker Volkswagen had its development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser on hand to field questions from the press.

Golf GTE Live in Geneva

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Some of the questions tossed Nuesser’s way pertained to plug-in vehicles.

One specific question was in regards to PHEVs and it was thrown out there after Volkswagen revealed its hot hatch Golf GTE plug-in hybrid.

When asked to predict whether or nor PHEVs will spread throughout VW’s lineup, Nuesser claimed that there will come a time when a PHEV is offered by VW in every segment in which it competes.

How far off that time is remains unknown, but 2014 is a break-out year of sorts for VW in regards to plug-ins and 2015 promises even more vehicles with a plug from the German automaker, so we have to think that the time for PHEVs in all segments for VW isn’t too far off.

Source: Autocar

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A BEV would be better…

Unless you want to go more than 80 in one trip.

That is what DC fast chargers are for.


(or PHEVs)

And Giga Factories for affordable 200 mile range vehicles. Tired of compliance cars.

Just because a car is a PHEV does not mean it is a compliance car. The easiest way to tell is to look and see where the car is sold. If it is sold nation wide then it is not a compliance car.

Just because you don’t like PHEVs does not mean everyone else feels the same as you.

“Just because a car is a PHEV does not mean it is a compliance car. The easiest way to tell is to look and see where the car is sold. If it is sold nation wide then it is not a compliance car.”

I wasn’t referring to PHEVs at all, but BEVs.

And any BEV that gets under 90 miles of normal driving range, regardless of manufacturer imposed restrictions on geographical sales, and has no DC Fast Charge capability– is a compliance vehicle in my book.

“Just because you don’t like PHEVs does not mean everyone else feels the same as you.”

Never said I disliked them. But I do see them as a distraction to a better long term form of cleaner, sustainable transport that promotes energy independance and domestic economic opportunities.

As you know, part of participating in blogs, involves sharing one’s thoughts and subjective feelings towards items specifically designed to provoke a response. I have absolutely no illusion of anyone having to agree with me– but I will certainly clarify my position, when required. πŸ™‚

A PHEV Passat would be great for road trips. Room for family and luggage. Plug in at your destination and drive electric.


Please please please bring the vw T5 California camper to the states as a PHEV!!!!! I’d be happy to put my deposit down now and be an early adopter. Daily driver EV and gas when you need it on long or remote trips. I’d love a 400 mile ev camper but assume this is more of a realistic wish. I’ve heard a big reason the eurovan was America’s last “westfalia camper” was due to emissions (crazy diesel rules). PHEV should fix that.

Please make my dream car

Google “Chicken Tax”. This is also the reason why no competitive vans have been sold in this country for ages. Today, all sorts of ways have been employed to avoid the Chicken Tax. Ford’s first-gen Transit-Connect vans are made in Turkey, then have windows and seat installed so they can be shipped here as “people movers”. Then, seats are removed in America and the windows removed and filled with steel panels so the vans can be sold as commercial vans! Mercedes’ Sprinter is even worse – it is built in Germany, then disassembled for shipment. When it arrives in the USA, it’s rebuilt at Mercedes’ Freightliner plant and then sold for ludicrous prices – try $37,500 for a 4 cyl. diesel shorty van with bare, hollow steel walls! This is all due to change in 2015 with Ford’s decision to built it’s Sprinter-sized Transit van in America. The smaller, 2nd gen Trasit Connect ( gee, Ford – hire somebody to name your vehicles, already! ) will still be built overseas ( now, in Spain ) and have to be partially disassembled and reassembled to pass the Chicken Tax gauntlet. The Westfalia Sprinter van is probably the most innovative, gas-efficient RV… Read more »

And none of them will have a Combo Plug. With no Combo compatible cars selling in volume in the next 5 years, there will be no demand to install Combo chargers.

The BMW i3. Hopefully the Spark EV sales will pick up. The Electric Golf should have one. They are coming. Slowly.

When was the last time a new Chademo car was offered for sale in the USA?

The combo charger (for DC fast charging) is not all that necessary on a PHEV. I assume this is the reason you said none of them would have it. And you are probably right. There are two PHEVs that do have DC fast charging, though – The Mitsubishi Outlander (albeit Chademo) and the BMW i3 Rex.

My God,
It was only a couple of years ago it wasn’t ever going to happen.

VW flips again.
(Well at least it flipped the correct way for EV’s this time)

Now they have to organise the most complicated engineered plastic components on earth knowing the Germans to reduce the labour costs πŸ™‚

Ford offers 2 PHEVs NOW. GM has offered 1 for many years now. Even Honda and Toyota offer 1 now.

Nice to hear you joining the game, VW.

Ford has 2 now and should have a few more possible before this year is up. GM has 2 PHEVs if you could the ELR.

Interesting that they have a Mennekes connector (3-phase 230Y/400) on the vehicle of a plug in hybrid. Since a 3.3 kw charger can be used on a single phase line anywhere in the world (which is why I believe automakers GM, Ford, Mitsu, Nissan, etc, standardized on this rate initially), I wonder if anyone knows what the maximum charge rate of this car is. Surprizing it would need more than 3300 watts since I was under the impression VW batteries were dinky, especially with an oil or petrol backup.

You lost me. Most (if not all) of the PHEVs we have here in the USA that charge from a regular J1772 can support up to 3.3Kw. So why shouldn’t European cars also support that?

Fair enough David, you lost me too.

This is the EVolution most carmakers will take and eventually the ICE will be phased out!

Hopefully sooner than later…