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Volkswagen lays out electric plans

Volkswagen E-Up! electric car concept

Volkswagen has laid out some plans for its forthcoming hybrid and electric vehicles.

In America, the Touareg Hybrid, launched this year, will be followed by the Jetta Hybrid in 2012 and, by the electric E-Up! and the electric Golf blue-e-motion in 2013.

The Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Martin Winterkorn, has said that “Volkswagen will be the automaker that will offer the electric car attainable for every customer.”

The Volkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley is examining various storage concepts. In the field of lithium-ion technology (li-ion), this means competition between specially developed battery cells and so-called consumer cells known from notebooks and other devices. Such technology is finding its way into the Audi eTron as well as the Golf blue-e-motion.

Around 100 employees are working on the cars of tomorrow at the ERL, the largest research institution of the Volkswagen Group outside Wolfsburg.

Volkswagen says that it invests over five billion Euros a year in research and development, with 23,000 employees active in this area worldwide.

The Volkswagen Group’s sales in the first half of 2010 increased to over 3.5 million vehicles and the company is expecting better growth than the market as a whole for all of 2010 and a new delivery record.

Keywords: Volkswagen hybrid and electric vehicles, Touareg Hybrid, Jetta Hybrid, electric E-Up!, electric Golf blue-e-motion.