VW To Challenge Chevy Volt At Frankfurt

May 21, 2009

New from the land of good beer and brats is that VW will show a concept vehicle to face off against the Chevrolet Volt. The Chevy Volt is due out as a 2011 model, so the GM will be for sale long before any electric VW makes it to market.  In previous remarks, several VW executives have noted that the company will not have a mass-produced electric car in market before 2015.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt

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The concept that will show at September's Frankfurt show follows in the footsteps of last year’s Golf TwinDrive and Space up! Blue concept vehicles.

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

2007 Volkswagen Space Up! Blue Concept

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The information was confirmed by VW’s communications chief Peter Thul, who revealed to AutoExpress that the carmaker will have a “host of concept cars” on show in Frankfurt. Thul wasn’t willing to reveal any details but explained that it won’t be based on a sports car platform as speculated by some recent reports. “We will not launch a niche market car just to show our electric technology,” he continued. “We would only launch a car that people could actually buy at a reasonable price. It would need to have a range of 200km, be safe, reliable and able to be used every day,” he explained.

VW recently partnered with Sanyo to help develop new lithium-ion battery technologies and in the past 12 months has unveiled several electric and hybrid concepts. However, as previously mentioned, VW does not intend to mass market such vehicles until around 2015. In the meantime, the company will continue to focus on improving the efficiency of its petrol and diesel engines. There will be some mild hybrid models in the interim, however, as VW sees these as a stepping stone to an all-electric future for the auto industry.

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