Volkswagen Passat GTE Police Version

JAN 3 2015 BY MARK KANE 2

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Just a few months ago, Volkswagen unveiled the plug-in version of Passat at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Recently, the car was presented in blue-silver appearance with all of the additional features required for police duty. Earlier, the same was done with theĀ  all-electric e-Golf.

Volkswagen Passat is one of the most popular police patrol cars in Germany, so maybe it would be good to switch to a GTE some day. For now, it’s still just a study.

With a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery, expected NEDC range is 50 km (31 miles). The 1.4-liter TSI gas engine with 156 HP (115 kW) is supported by an electric motor with 115 HP (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft).

According to the press release, the most useful feature compared to the conventional version is EV mode, which the driver can select to silently approach suspects.

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Looks good, US availability?

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I don’t think USA will get the Estate (Wagon) version of the Passat at all.

Plug-In Hybrid makes a lot of sense as a police vehicle. Just imagine how much idling could be avoided by programming the system to maintain a significant reserve in the hybrid battery. Police vehicles have a lot of 12V accessory load, so you can’t just turn off the engine when the safety lights and radios are all on because the 12V battery would die quickly. A hybrid, like a plug-in, would be able to support those accessories for a long time without the ICE running. Even then, when the hybrid battery did get low, the ICE would start automatically and recharge it.