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    Volkswagen Going With Plug-Ing Hybrids Till Longer-Range Batteries Arrive


    • Volkswagen will be introducing more plug-in hybrid models until battery technology improves.

    Volkswagen is turning towards plug-in hybrid technology for the majority of its models till longer range batteries become a reality. This was announced at Volkswagen's annual media conference yesterday by Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn.

    Why plug-in hybrid tech? Winterkorn explained that plug-in hybrids are the best stop-gap technology with reducing emissions without sacrificing range. Now that doesn't mean Volkswagen isn't stopping work on electric vehicles. The automaker is currently working on electric systems that will have a range of more than 300 miles.

    One other note; the Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid will be coming to the U.S. next year. This news was relayed to Automotive News by Volkswagen r&d boss Hans-Jakob Neusser. The GTE packs a turbocharged 1.4L and a electric motor to produce a combined 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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    Totally agree with this, Till Batteries get a much longer life, I think the VOLT Hybrid is the best solution out there for Auto's. Now to have the Generators run off CNG rather than Gas. :D

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