Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Hybrid to Debut in 2015


Autobild is reporting that Volkswagen has at least one more plug-in hybrid in the works.

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

A3 Sportback e-tron Cutaway

Set to debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the VW Passat PHEV will round out Volkswagen’s vast array of plug-in vehicles.

  • VW e-Golf BEV
  • VW Golf GTE PHEV
  • VW e-Up! BEV
  • VW XL-1 PHEV

And soon VW Passat PHEV.  Dr. Martin Winterkorn, VW Group chairman of the board, made this statement at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show:

“Further high-efficiency models such as the Audi A8, A6 and Q7 or the plug-in hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat are to follow soon. Because this technology has a future.”

The VW Passat PHEV, like the Audi A3 e-tron Sportback, will feature the following:

  • 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder gasoline engine with 148 hp
  • Electric motor with 107 hp
  • 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
  • 31 miles (NEDC) of electric-only range (estimated 20-odd miles on the EPA standard)

As Autobild reports (via Google Translate):

“Also a done deal is a plug -in hybrid, which follows on from the technology of the Audi A3 e-tron… Market launch is already at the IAA 2015 , we see the normal Passat in the autumn of 2014.”

There’s no word yet on whether or not the PHEV Passat will be sold in the US.  We suspect it will be, as the Passat is a vehicle tailored to American tastes.  If it arrives, expect it no earlier than later 2015 and to perhaps be priced in the upper $30,000 region.

Source: Autobild

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And that ladies and gentlemen, is how it looks when a major automaker fully enters the plug-in game.

I expect that’s not the end of it from VW.

VW is coming in a big way for sure, but why are they so slow? Are they just more methodical than others who came before them? It’s frustrating to still see dates more than a year into the future.

The eUP is available now, the eGolf will be available in North America later this year. This is a new car that hasn’t been announced before, would you rather automakers develop their cars in secret and not say anything until a month before it hits dealers? Nobody’s complaining about the Tesla Model E, we’ve been hearing about that one for several years (remember codename “bluestar”?) and it may very well hit the market AFTER this Passat PHEV.

Comparing to Tesla’s Gen3 isn’t exactly fair. Tesla is following a progression of development they have been very open about for years. And they have also been selling EVs for several years now.

No, I don’t expect that these cars can be made at a moment’s notice, but VW is noticeably late to the game.

I don’t have much experience with the eUP, since it is not offered this side of the pond, but it looks kind of like a glorified golf cart – exactly what we DON’T want EVs to resemble. Does it drive like a real car? I just don’t know. It doesn’t matter much to me anyway, because it will likely never make it to North America anyway.

They drive fine, but it is a city car with no bones about it, great for crowded European cities.

Fair enough, they definitely missed the boat on this “1st gen” of PEVs (Leaf, Volt, Tesla, Energi, Plug-in Prius), but they are shaping up to be a very significant player in the plug-in market by the time any of these other big players make their next move. So while I understand that some enthusiasts are frustrated with any automaker that hasn’t already got product on the road in large numbers, it’s just weird to me that this frustration always seems to come out any time there’s an announcement that this frustration should be over in the very near future. VW has clearly seen the light, you’d have to be very pessimistic to think otherwise at this stage, and you have to be very impatient and unfamiliar with automotive product development to see a “late 2014” release date and get angry with VW’s slowness.

VW and others will never come up with a fully electric car because that will be like signing thier own death certificate for the ICE. And rightly so since they have no idea what to do with all these people that feed the ICE industry, and secondly they do not have enough software people to do it since the EV is mostly software.

?VW all electric cars are on the road right now.

In very small numbers….VW is much much larger than BMW, but BMW actually sales more than twice the number of EVs in Germany.

And I would not call the E Up or the i3 serious cars that could be driven from LA to NY like the Tesla. They are also very expansive relative for what you get in a Tesla. VW and BMW and others will die if they make a car like the Tesla size and performance wise. For example ask yourself would you buy a Passat that has a 500km range and is fully electric or would you buy a TDI for almost the same price and pay for gas etc? And if they make the fully electric Passat for the same price of TWO Teslas then why would anyone buy it? VW BMW etc are stuck.

I would buy the passat EV, but most people here in Germany would buy the ICE passat, because driving on gas is cheaper in Germany. Gasoline costs around 13 ct/kWh, current around 30 ct/kWh. So gas is ceaper or to say even, because of the better efficiency of Electric Motor.

I understand that gas is cheaper in Germany. As far as I know Germany is a militarily occubied country and has no army. In a sence lucky since you do not have to send your son to war to get you this oil. But tell me how much is a widows face worth to you in Germany if she learns that she lost her man in a war in a desert country? How much is that worth to you.

They are a slow, plodding, no-risk taking German company…

Slow for sure … my Volt(273lb torque) is getting a easy 30 miles electric in sub freezing temps all winter and near 50 electic miles in weather above 50degrees. All mfrs are now almost 4 years behind GM. Last year it cost me less than $275 (8300hard city miles) for maintenance, electricity and gas for my Chevy Volt. Gen 2 Volt to be out when VW comes out with Gen 1. Just think of what GM could do if their cars were not VAT taxed out of markets like Germany Japan UK Korea etc. How many of these new VW plugins would be sold in the US if we put a $40,000 barrier(VAT) on them like Germany does to our Volt?

Figure these will follow the 7-8kwh recipe
15/25 mile AER

I hope one of the mfr goes for a 12kwh plug in hybrid.

The VW group line up for the States sounds to me as though it will be:
Audi A3 E-tron
Passat PHEV

That gives them some coverage in each of the segments for BEV and PHEV vehicles including a saloon.

Yes, very similar to Ford’s strategy.

At least you can say that Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi are functionally different vehicles.

The problem is that none of the VW Group PHEVs announced have significantly different utility from each other. They need to either build the Passat Wagon with this powertrain or really execute on the CrossBlue Concept. GM needs to do the same with Voltec. The marketplace needs a plug-in for 5 passengers and simultaneous 30cuft of cargo.

Actually, I already have a vehicle that meets these passenger and cargo requirements – the RAV4 EV. However, because it has no DCFC and only 120mi range, it is not acceptable for road trips. It looks like Outlander PHEV will be the first one except the trickle of Models X at the beginning of production.

Good point.

31 miles with 8.8KWh battery pack is only possbile in ideal situation with most of the pack available for use.

It will be more like 24 miles on EPA cycle…

31 miles measured on the NEFZ. NEFZ calculates with acceleration around 30s from 0 to 60 mph and mean driving speed of around 30 mph.