It seems like all major automakers are upping their electric game lately; at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2016, Chevy and Ford will be debuting some vehicle tech innovations re: the Chevy Bolt and autonomous driving, respectively. But as Volkswagen begins to rebuild its reputation, it too is promising a new VW electric car concept to be unveiled at CES.
What is VW’s current lineup of electric cars?
The 2015 Jetta Hybrid houses a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works together with a 20kW electric motor, adding up to 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine system returns 44 mpg combined, according to the EPA.
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2016 e-Golf is a newer electric vehicle that builds on the already popular VW Golf lineup. In “Normal” driving mode, the e-Golf’s synchronous permanent-magnet AC motor makes a maximum of 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Of course, you can conserve battery power by selecting “Eco” or even “Eco+” modes.
Why is VW unveiling an electric car concept at CES?
It has a lot to do with VW’s current efforts to rebuild its brand — let’s be honest. But Volkswagen has proven (with the EVs it already has brought to the auto market) that it knows how to build a quality EV, and the company’s decision to unveil the concept at the Consumer Electronics Show means it’s likely not only going to be an exciting part of the automotive world, but also part of the larger world of advancing technology.
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