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March 9, 2010

VOLKSWAGEN PLANS BIG ELECTRIC PUSH

HUFFINGTON POST - Volkswagen, Europe's largest European automaker, has big plans to dominate the nascent world of electric cars.

Volkswagen plans to sell 300,000 electric vehicles a year by 2018, which would translate to 3% of all sales. VW's hybrid ambitions could lead it to overtake Toyota as the world's largest automaker within eight years.

Key details of Volkswagen's strategy include introducing the company's first hybrid electric vehicle the Toureg 2010, and in 2013 three EVs, likely to be versions of the Jetta, Golf, and the Up. Here's Treehugger:

"A notable aspect of VW's approach is that it's banking on offering the EV as an option on already available and recognizable models as it has done with TDI diesel options. Instead of developing all new models to channel new tech into, as with, say, the Prius or Volt, VW seems intent on phasing new tech into an already familiar cars. . . "


1 Comments:

Blogger KM said...

Doesn't an electric car simply transfer the emissions from the driving to the electricity generation?

Isn't gasoline burning by a car much more efficient and clean than coal, or even natural gas, burning?

A thermal plant loses about two-thirds of the fuel's energy as heat. Only one third is captured in turning the generators. Wouldn't an electric car add to that inefficiency by then converting the electricity back into kinetic energy? Via storage in a battery, for yet another loss?

March 9, 2010 3:38 PM  

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