VW to launch electric car in 2010
Volkswagen will launch its first electric car based on the "Up!" minicar concept in 2010, the company's CEO Martin Winterkorn announced recently, the dpa reported.
Speaking at a function in Lisbon, Winterkorn said the company was planning a series of measures to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its vehicles.
The new Golf would be available as a so-called mild-hybrid fitted with start-stop technology.
The next generation of the Touareg would also be built as a full hybrid version, enabling full electric driving over short distances.
A Jetta "plug-in-hybrid" was in the planning, with a loading of the battery possible by connecting the car to the electric grid.
According to Winterkorn, the "Up!" car would be equipped with lithium-ion batteries powered only by electric energy.