All-electric VW Golf due in 2013

Nic Cackett

Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf blue-e-motion, an all-electric version of the best-selling hatchback due to go on sale in 2013.

The zero-emission car uses lithium-ion batteries to power an electric motor that develops 113bhp and 199lb ft of torque, and is said to have a range of around 90 miles.

Next year the electric Golf will begin testing in real-world conditions as 500 prototypes are put through their paces on public roads.