Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Volkswagen Goes Electric

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Volkswagen Goes Electric

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VOLKSWAGEN plans to expand its fleet of electric drive vehicles.

The use of hybrid technology in production vehicles is already being demonstrated in the Touareg Hybrid at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

In 2011, a test fleet of 500 Golfs with electric drives will follow. Starting in 2013, the high-volume Golf and Jetta models of the Volkswagen brand are expected to dominate the hybrid and electric vehicle market.

Volkswagen plans to strategically bundle its competence in electric traction and extend it step-by-step. It has now established a clear launch schedule for its E-traction products.

Prof Dr Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG explains: "Volkswagen will be taking E-mobility to mass production. In 2011 we are expanding our test fleet by adding 500 Golfs with electric drive.

"A hybrid version of the Jetta for the US market follows in 2012. Starting in 2013, the E-UP goes into production.

"The goal is to become the market leader in E-mobility by the year 2018. …

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