All-electric VW Golf due in 2013

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.

Despite weighing 205kg more than conventional diesel Golf, Volkswagen claims the blue-e-motion will accelerate to 62mph in 11.8 seconds and hit 86mph flat out.

The electric motor, transmission and differential are all found under the bonnet, while the batteries have been mounted beneath the rear seats and in the transmission tunnel, meaning the Golf retains a boot capacity of 279 litres.

The new car was revealed in the presence of German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel at Electric Mobility event in Berlin, where VW took the opportunity to outline its future programme of hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

The Golf will be preceded in dealerships by the Up! blue-e-motion which was previewed by a concept car at last year's Frankfurt show.

As well as all-electric models, 2013 will see the introduction of hybrid versions of the Golf and Passat, using technology already seen on this year's Touareg Hybrid.
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