We have the first details of hybrid and electric cars coming from Volkswagen over the next three years. Find out more inside.
Volkswagen has revealed its plans for an expanded use of electric and hybrid technologies beginning with the VW Touareg Hybrid. The hybrid SUV will be shown off in Geneva beginning tomorrow, while the company readies a test run of 500 electric versions of the 2011 Volkswagen Golf.
This test fleet will set the course for Volkswagen's future, according to VW chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn. "A hybrid version of the Jetta for the US market follows in [August] 2012. Starting in 2013, the E-UP goes into production," Winterkorn said in a press release.
The hybrid Passat should launch in August 2013, with the Golf Hybrid set for a October 2013 release.
"The goal is to become the market leader in E-mobility by the year 2018. We want to attain an electric vehicle market share of three percent within our entire range of products."
In preparation for the wider use of hybrid and all-electric technology, the company will use various markets in China, Europe, and North America to serve as testing sites. More details on the project will likely emerge at the Geneva Motor Show this week.