Volkwagen Blue-e motion to debut at LA Auto Show with test drives


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Volkswagen is testing its new all-electric Golf blue-e-motion, which already made its first appearance in Germany a few days ago. And now Volkswagen is bringing it to the LA Auto Show next week. Members of the press will get a chance to test drive it as well. 

The VW Golf blue-e motion is based on the five-door hatchback model. It comes with a 115 hp (85 kW) electric motor that is powered by a 26.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. The 695-pound battery package consist of 180 individual lithium cells that are installed through out on the floor of the car. Driving range for this battery system is expected be around 93 miles, depends on driving conditions.

To extend the driving range, Volkswagen engineers also made the VW Golf blue-e motion more aerodynamic to help reduce the drag. Moreover, regenerative braking system also installed to help recover energy to the battery pack.

There are three driving modes available to make the best use of the Volkswagen blue-e-motion’s battery pack. When “Comfort+” mode is switched on, full power is on tap to help accelerate the car to full speed. In “Normal” model, power output drops a bit to 87 hp (65 kW) with top speed to around 72 mph. And lastly when in “Range+” mode for maximum driving distance, the air conditioning system is deactivated and battery power output drops even further to 67 hp (50 kW) with top speed limited to 65 mph.

The electric motor from Golf blue-e-motion provides a good amount of torque of about 199 lb-f (270 Nm), which is able to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 11.8 seconds with top speed of 84 mph.

Much of the exterior of the Volkswagen blue-e motion is relatively the same to the standard Golf, except that it has a bit wider, double-bar grille, LED daytime running lights, black window trim and a roof spoiler.

Of course, there are still minor tweaks needed for the VW blue-e motion before its scheduled launch in 2013.