Volkswagen returns in the second RAC Future Car Challenge with tree models

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 27, 2011

Three Volkswagen models will be competing in the second RAC Future Car Challenge on November 5, 2011. Included in the event is the prototype electric Golf blue-e-motion that won the inaugural event in 2010. The route of the Challenge follows from Madeira Drive in Brighton to Pall Mall in London, during which the participating automobiles are assessed for the power they employ. The winner is the automobile that has utilized the least amount of energy on the 57-mile route. This year, two Golf blue-e-motion prototypes will be contending.

Golf blue-e-motion is an electric automobile building 115 PS and 199 lbs ft of torque using an electric motor driven by a series of lithium-ion batteries with an overall capacity of 26.5 kilowatt hours.

Even with its state-of-the-art drivetrain, the Golf blue-e-motion is as flexible as the traditional automobile on which it is structured, having the ability to speed up to 62 miles per hour in 11.8 seconds and a boot volume of 279 liters. Externally, it is nearly identical to a typical combustion engine Golf, except for the absence of an exhaust pipe.

The Golf blue-e-motion prototype signifies the future course of Volkswagen’s electric vehicle program using the first production model designed to be on sale in 2013, after an electric variant of the new up! urban vehicle.

Along with the two Golf blue-e-motion models will be one of the most efficient and lowest-polluting production autos for sale these days -- the new Passat BlueMotion, driven by a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 105 PS and utilizing a series of aerodynamic and mechanical changes to optimize the effectiveness of the engine, giving it a total fuel economy of 68.9 miles per gallon and Carbon dioxide emissions of only 109 g/km.

Zero-emission driving could be more fun when done with the new Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion Concept. A full electric version of the Golf, the VW Golf blue-e-motion Concept is powered by an electric motor integrated in the front engine compartment, providing 85 kW (115 PS) of max output and 50 kW (69 PS) of continuous output. Moreover, a peak torque of 270 Nm is readily available right from the start.

Electricity is supplied to the electric motor from a lithium-ion battery that could store up to 26.5 kWh of energy. This lithium-ion battery allows drivers of the front-wheel drive VW Golf blue-e-motion to drive up to 150 km; the actual range is dependent on several factors like the driving style, the use of air conditioning and heating system.

VW will disclose the final driving range data of the production version of the Golf blue-e-motion upon launch. It is expected the production version will boast of better range than the concept, as the battery technology should have improved by then.

The current max range of the VW Golf blue-e-motion Concept – at 150 km – is more than enough to satisfy the range needs of drivers in several areas. For instance, the German Federal Statistical Office estimates that around six of 10 people in the workforce in Germany commute by car, with around 45.8 percent driving less than 10 kilometers (one-way commute) on average.

Likewise, on average, 28.1 percent of drivers commute between 10 kilometers and 25 kilometers, with the remaining 16.2 percent driving over 25 kilometers. Furthermore, the VW Golf blue-e-motion is capable of handling the driving ranges usually covered by many service providers. In addition, this version of the Golf is a suitable and sustainable offering for those who drive short distances.

Typically, the effect of max power usage on max range is more noticeable on an electric car than on modern petrol or diesel-powered vehicles. To solve this, VW designed the Golf blue-e-motion to provide enough power reserves to move while consuming less energy.

In fact, the VW Golf blue-e-motion could coast -- or "sail" as it is called in the professional jargon – which happens whenever the driver releases the pedal. With a coefficient of drag of 0.295, the aerodynamic Volkswagen Golf blue-e-motion could travel as fast as 135 km/h.

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